24-year-old Israel Mireles, a Mexican living in US, was arrested Monday by his own country's police for murdering a US college student who led a secret life as an Internet porn performer. He is awaiting extradition.
Mireles has been charged with capital murder, rape and aggravated criminal sodomy in the death of 18-year-old Emily Sander.
The disappearance on Nov 23 of the Butler Community College student (in the state of Pennsylvania) drew nationwide attention after the discovery that she also led a secret life as an Internet pornography model named Zoey Zane.
Her body was found six days later, about 50 miles east of El Dorado, as police traced the route they believed Mireles took to pick up his 16-year-old girlfriend, Victoria Martens, in Baxter Springs. Mireless and Sander had been together last near a bar.
Kansas authorities received tips about Mireles' whereabouts in Mexico from several sources, and their Mexican counterparts had been monitoring his movements since at least Dec. 3, when he was charged in Butler County, Butler county prosecutor Jan Satterfield said.
Mexican authorities held off on arresting Mireles until they were assured of the legitimacy of Kansas prosecutors' case, she said.
Satterfield said her office had to promise Mexican authorities that it would not seek the death penalty for Mireles. If convicted of capital murder, he would face life in prison without the possibility of parole, she said.
Mireles became the focus of the investigation after police found large quantities of blood in an El Dorado motel room where he had been staying. Authorities have said that a bedspread that was missing from that motel room was found close to Sander's body.
Police have not released details about the cause of Sander's death, but say her Internet activity had no connection to her disappearance.
Mireles was born in Mexico, where he still has relatives, and has been living in the U.S. legally. A rental car he was driving was found Nov. 27 in Texas, where he also has relatives.