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North Carolina man wanted in wife's death caught in Tucson

Posted at 11:00 AM, Mar 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-21 21:52:03-04

TUCSON, Ariz. - A North Carolina man on the run from accusations that he killed his wife has been arrested in Arizona.

Nash County, North Carolina, Sheriff Keith Stone said 57-year-old Rexford Lynn Keel Jr. was arrested Sunday in Tucson, Arizona, by state troopers as part of a coordinated investigation involving multiple agencies. Stone was planning an afternoon news conference with more details.

The Nash County Sheriff's Office said it obtained an arrest warrant Friday accusing 57-year-old Rexford Lynn Keel Jr. of murder in his wife's death. Investigators said he fled in a pickup truck, launching a multi-day manhunt.

His wife, 38-year old Diana Alejandra Keel, had gone missing on March 9. The body of the mother of two was found days later in Edgecombe County.