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Wisc. Police Arrest Man Accused of Murdering Ex-Girlfriend in Columbus
COLUMBUS (Ken Hines/Camille Doty) -- Police in Wisconsin have arrested a man suspected of murdering his ex-girlfriend in Columbus and disposing of her body in Spring, 2012.
Federal and local authorities arrested Sar I in Janesville, Wis. on Wednesday, more than a year-and-a-half after his alleged involvement in the disappearance of his coworker and ex-girlfriend, Claudia Escobar.
A Columbus police detective, along with an FBI agent, traveled to Wisconsin on Thursday to question I, who was listed on the bureau's most wanted list before his capture.
I fled Columbus amid an investigation into the disappearance of Escobar, who went missing in March, 2012 after telling a friend she was visiting I's home, according to investigators.
Police found Escobar's blood in I's apartment during their investigation, and obtained store surveillance footage that showed the suspect purchasing an electric saw and cleaning supplies at the approximate time of the victim's disappearance.
I allegedly bought those items while driving Escobar's Jeep Cherokee. That vehicle, along with the victim's body, was never found.
Employees of American Corrugated on Alkire Road -- where Escobar and I both worked -- alerted police to the woman's disappearance after she failed to show up for a scheduled shift, which was out of character for the normally-reliable employee.
Escobar was 29-years-old at the time of her disappearance. She was the mother of two young boys, who remained in Mexico when she moved to Columbus.
The young mother lived in central Ohio for approximately six months before she went missing, sending money earned at American Corrugated to her children in Mexico.
Police are attempting to contact Escobar's family in Mexico in order to inform them of I's arrest.
Investigators believe I spent time in Cleveland, West Virginia, and Indiana during his flight from authorities. He lived in Columbus for more than 20 years after emigrating to the U.S. from his native Cambodia.
I is charged with murder, kidnapping, and gross abuse of a corpse in connection with Escobar's disappearance. Authorities will soon begin the process of extraditing I to Ohio, with a hearing on the matter likely to occur by Monday.
A federal warrant issued for I is expected to be dismissed.