A South Carolina couple has been arrested in reference to a grisly cold-case homicide of a 19-year-old faculty pupil, whose physique was present in a culvert in rural Kansas in 2010.
The Butler County Sheriff’s Workplace on Tuesday introduced the arrests of Kristopher Valadez and Candace Valadez, each 32, in Simpsonville, South Carolina, within the killing of German Clerici.
In keeping with the legislation enforcement company, in early February 2010, Clerici’s mom reported the school pupil lacking after not listening to from him in a number of days.
Lower than per week later, Clerici’s physique turned up in a muddy culvert east of Augusta. He had been shot to dying.
The 19-year-old’s automobile, which additionally had been lacking, was recovered almost 5 months later in North Wichita.
Over the following decade, Clerici’s homicide probe had gone chilly, however in 2021, Sheriff Monty Hughey had investigators to “take a recent take a look at the case,” in response to the workplace.
Data was uncovered that prompted detectives to conduct follow-up interviews, which led to new proof.
The sheriff’s workplace didn’t elaborate on the character of that data, solely saying that it in the end resulted within the arrests of the Valadez couple.
Kristopher and Candace had been believed to be round 20 years outdated and residing in Wichita on the time of Clerici’s killing.
The pair had been booked right into a county jail in South Carolina on Sunday, pending extradition to Kansas to face expenses within the slaying.
No motive was revealed in reference to Clerici’s dying, however in 2019, investigators informed KWCH that there have been rumors that the Cowley County Neighborhood School pupil could have been concerned in criminal activity after mixing with the “improper crowd.”
Clerici’s girlfriend on the time of his dying, Shauna McKee, informed the Wichita Eagle in 2010 that he was “one of the best man on the planet” and insisted that his buddies had been “not dangerous individuals.”
In a Fb put up commenting on the Valadezes’ arrests, McKee revealed that she knew the duo from working with them at a QuikTrip fuel station.
A Fb web page believed to be related to Candace Valadez revealed that she studied prison justice at Wichita State College and till not too long ago labored as a supervisor at QuikTrip.
Photographs shared on Valadez’s web page urged that she and Kristopher have been collectively for a decade or extra. They welcomed a daughter in 2019.