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Arizona man arrested in Calif. in girlfriend’s death

FORT MOHAVE, Ariz. — An Arizona man is in custody in California after
being arrested in his girlfriend’s death, which was initially considered an
accidental drowning but later classified as a homicide.

According to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, 54-year-old Louis Hugh
Plunkett Jr. is being held by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department
pending extradition to Arizona.

He was arrested on Interstate 40 outside Needles on Tuesday following a brief
chase across the Colorado River from Arizona.

Mohave County sheriff’s detectives had sought to arrest Plunkett in the June 26
death of 62-yeard-old Susan Burdick in a backyard swimming pool.

Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Trish Carter said the case became a homicide
investigation after Plunkett’s description of Burdick’s death didn’t match
forensic evidence and autopsy results.

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