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Digital footprints lead cops to Arizona fugitive in Canada

Fugitive Caught Digital Footprints
Posted at 6:04 PM, Feb 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-01 20:09:12-05

PHOENIX (AP) -- Authorities say man who pleaded guilty to murder before fleeing Arizona over 16 years ago to avoid being sentenced has been arrested in Canada.

Adan Perez Huerta pleaded guilty in 2003 to negligent homicide. But he didn't appear for sentencing in the case stemming from a 19-year-old woman’s death in a 2002 DUI car wreck in a Phoenix suburb.

Chandler police say a detective searched for Huerta by checking social media posts of his relatives and associates and eventually found posts by Adan himself and determined that Huerta was in Toronto.

Police there arrested Huerta, and he was extradited Thursday. Huerta’s attorney declined comment Saturday.