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Suspected murderer believed to be hiding in Central America

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Eleven thousand dollars is being offered as a reward for information leading to the capture and arrest of accused murderer, 34 year old Raymond McLeod.  He is wanted by the San Diego Police Department in the US for the brutal murder of his ex-girlfriend, 30-year-old Krystal Mitchell.  She was killed on June 10, 2016 and investigators in San Diego believe that McLeod stole Mitchell’s vehicle and escaped to Mexico and into a Central American country like Belize. Mitchell’s mother Josephine Wentzel was joined by San Diego’s District Attorney Summer Stephan and friends for a press conference last night to announce a murder charge against McLeod. Here is that report by FOX 5 news in San Diego.

Josephine Wentzel, Mother of Deceased: “I need your help. I need all of your help.”

Reporter: At a vigil to remember her daughter this mother begged for help in finding Crystal Mitchell’s killer.

Josephine Wentzel, Mother of Deceased:“God is the only one keeping me going. Without him I would be dead.”

Reporter: In June of 2016 she said her daughter came to San Diego with Raymond McLeod to visit a friend. During the trip detectives say McLeod beat and strangled Crystal to death at an Allied Gardens Apartment before stealing her car and driving to Mexico.

Supporter: “This person Raymond McLeod Jr. he is a violent killer. He has abused two other wives that he had and he continued to escalate and deceive and his depraved way found Crystal who believed that he was good.”

Reporter: Local and US agencies believe that he has been hiding out in Central America or Mexico. They are urging the public to watch out for him.

Josephine Wentzel, Mother of Deceased:“He’s a ticking time bomb. It’s almost two years I’m sure he’s killed again.”

Reporter: This former detective never imagined she’d be on this side of things.

Josephine Wentzel, Mother of Deceased:“I’m a fighting Nana, and you know my daughter would expect this of me.”

Reporter: So as they lit candles, released red balloons in the air and sang one of Crystal’s favorite songs her family and friends made it known they won’t stop fighting for her.

McLeod is a former US Marine who may have access to weapons. He is a white man weighing about 245 lbs and has multiple tattoos on both of his arms. He is also known as RJ and may be using the names “Matt” or “Mateo.” If you spot McLeod you are asked to contact the nearest police station or Crime Stoppers Belize at 922-TIPS.

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