BAKERSFIELD — A Bakersfield man was arrested on Thursday morning after police said he murdered a woman and tried to do away with her remains.
Alejandro Leon, 30, was booked into the Kern County Jail’s Central Receiving Facility on one count of murder and one count of mayhem. He is currently being held without bail.
According to the Kern County Sheriff’s Office, Leon became the prime suspect in a case that involved the murder of 31-year-old Evelynn Chuca of Bakersfield.
“Detectives from the Kern County Sheriff’s Office responded to a tip of a homicide in the 3600 Block of Edison Highway on Monday, May 12,” sheriff’s office spokesman Ray Pruitt said. “During their investigation they discovered items in a fire pit, which were later identified as partially burned human remains.”
Also, during their three-day investigation, detectives identified Leon as the prime suspect, and developed probable cause to arrest him for the murder of Chuca.
“At about 11 a.m. on May 15, deputies located Leon and took him into custody after a short foot pursuit,” Pruitt said.
Homicide detectives are still trying to establish the relationship between the victim and the suspect.
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