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Man Indicted for 1998 Toddler Murder

On Behalf of / Monday, 22 December 2014 / Published in assault, battery, felony, Homicide, Personal Injury

Man Charged with Killing a Four Year Old Toddler in 1998


A family is finally getting some justice for their four year old little girl who was killed in 1998. The investigation was 17 years in the making.  The man who killed the four year old little girl from Arizona was finally arrested on Friday according to the prosecutors. It’s hard to believe that a case that has went on this long is finally getting some closure.


The man, Avelino Guzman Tamala was finally indicted last week for the murder charges of the 1998 death of Crystal Reyes. Tamala is fifty-one years old.


A col case investigative team from the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office was finally able to recently, positively identify the four year old little girl’s remains. Her remains were found on December 1, 1998 near the community of Mobile.


The investigators had found some information that indicated that Crystal was actually killed in April 1997, while she was in the care of her mother and Tamala. Guess there goes the “relief for the worried parents” theory I had.  How sick is this? The little girl was buried in a desert not far from Mobile. The investigators were recently able to use Crystal’s biological father’s DNA to positively identify her remains. However, the prosecutors have not stated how the evidence connects Tamala to Crystal’s death.


 Breakthrough in Four Year Old’s 17 Year Old Murder Case


The officers with the U.S. Marshals Service arrested Tamala without any complications on Friday. He is now to appear in court on February second for the initial pretrial conference.


The police are searching for Crystal’s mother, Anna Marlene Reyes who is now forty-eight years old.


The County Attorney, Bill Montgomery said that Crystal had been a victim of physical abuse. She even had to have her head shaved and was forced to live in a dog kennel. How sad, that poor child.


 Bill Montgomery’s Statement:

Thanks to the diligence of our cold case investigation team in cooperation with our law enforcement partners, we are now able to seek justice for an innocent child whose life was inexcusably and violently cut short.


Source: https://www.abc15.com/news/region-phoenix-metro/central-phoenix/man-charged-in-1998-murder-of-arizona-girl



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