A 38-year-old man accused of killing his fiance at her Woodcrest home and fleeing to Mexico nearly three years ago was apprehended Friday in Texas and is awaiting extradition to California.
Eduardo Avalos Escoto was arrested without incident Friday morning at a gas station in Colorado City, Texas, where U.S. marshals, assisted by Mitchell County sheriff’s deputies, located him.
Escoto, whose immigration status was not immediately known, was booked into the Mitchell County Detention Center on a fugitive warrant.
Extradition proceedings are slated to begin next week.
Escoto is charged with murder for the August 2019 death of 42-year-old Brandie Frazier.
Escoto and Frazier had been in a dating relationship for roughly a year and were engaged to be married shortly before she was killed, according to the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office.
The circumstances behind what allegedly happened were not disclosed. But sheriff’s detectives named Escoto as the prime suspect within days of Frazier’s killing.
Frazier’s body was discovered in the master bedroom of her residence in the 17000 block of Palm Road, near California Citrus State Historic Park, on the morning of Aug. 31, 2019.
The Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force, whose members include Riverside County District Attorney’s Office investigators, suspected that Escoto had fled to Mexico after allegedly committing the killing, according to prosecutors.
Mexican law enforcement agencies were asked to assist in finding him. However, last month, authorities discovered that Escoto had returned to the U.S. and was possibly in Washington state. Further leads were developed that indicated he was actually in Texas, prosecutors said.
Escoto has no documented prior felony convictions in Riverside County.