A man that has been on the run after allegedly killing his wife nearly 14 years ago has been extradited from Mexico and charged, Peel police said Tuesday.
On July 13, 2006, police said they found the body of a woman in an apartment building in the Steeles Avenue and McMurchy Avenue area in Brampton.
The victim, 31-year-old Malena Morales, was a mother of two children, police said.
On July 14, 2006, police issued a Canada-wide warrant for the victim’s husband, Henry Morales, who was 30-years-old at the time of the alleged incident.
It was discovered that Morales had fled to Mexico after the alleged homicide, but his exact location was unknown, police said.
Investigators continued to search for Morales over the course of 14 years, even getting the case profiled on “America’s Most Wanted” in 2009.
In 2019, Morales was found in an undisclosed location in Mexico, police said. With the help of Mexican authorities, Morales was arrested and extradited back to Canada.
Morales, now 44-years-old, is charged with murder and is being held for a bail hearing on Sept. 16, police said.
“This case is a shining example of the level of determination by our officers, in their relentless pursuit of justice and to secure closure for the family of Malena Morales. It also serves as a reminder that intimate partner violence is a real threat for some members of our community” said Deputy Chief Nick Milinovich in a news release.