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Former American marine wanted for murder likely in Mexico

US authorities have issued a manhunt for an ex-US marine who is wanted for the murder of his former girlfriend.

The international manhunt was issued this week for 34-year-old Raymond McLeod with US authorities saying he has been spotted in Belize and Mexico, but have not provided details.

McLeod is wanted for the murder of girlfriend, 30-year-old Krystal Mitchell, whose lifeless body was discovered inside a San Diego apartment complex in 2016. The pair, who were both from Phoenix, Arizona, were visiting friends in San Diego where Mitchell was last seen alive in the company of McLeod.

The District Attorney’s Office has charged McLeod with her murder and issued a warrant for his arrest.

District Attorney Summer Stephan said, “We’re not going to let this defendant run from justice and get away with murder.

“We’re asking anyone with information to come forward so McLeod can be captured, returned to San Diego and held accountable for his brutal crime. Let us not forget the innocent victim who lost her life.”

McLeod, who is a former United States Marine, is believed to have fled to Mexico after Mitchell’s death. He was known to be in Guatemala during March of 2017, and has also been seen in Belize and most recently, Mexico.

“Raymond McLeod came to San Diego and committed a brutal crime,” said San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit. “McLeod fled San Diego and even the United States, however, detectives in our Homicide Unit will continue working each and every lead in this case and will not stop until McLeod is behind bars. Our partnership among multiple law enforcement agencies along with the public’s help will ultimately result in McLeod’s capture.”

“Catching McLeod will not bring my daughter back, but would prevent this monster from killing someone else’s mother, daughter or sister,” said the victim’s mother, Josephine Funes Wentzel who is a former police detective.

“It would also mean that Krystal’s children can sleep at night, knowing he’s been stopped. McLeod has a history of extreme violence against women and even a small child.

“His tendency is to stalk his victims and strike when they least expect it. He is a ticking time bomb that could go off at any moment and I hope the public will take action and help us bring him to justice,” she said.

McLeod is described as a white male, 34-years-old, 5’11 and weights about 245 pounds, however, authorities say he may have put on weight and grown a beard. McLeod has multiple tattoos on both arms and goes by the nickname of RJ, but may also be using Mateo or Matt to try and hide his identity.

Anyone with information on the location of Raymond McLeod is asked to call Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477 or log onto www.SDCrimeStoppers.org for information on how to send anonymous web and mobile app tips.