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Oregon man arrested for 1981 murder in Arizona

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Detectives have arrested a 73-year-old Oregon man for
the decades-old murder of a man in northern Arizona.

The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office said Saturday that Robert Rodriquez
Resendez will be extradited in Medford, Ore.

Resendez is accused of robbing and fatally shooting 51-year-old Jerry Arnold
Heath in 1981 outside of Flagstaff.

Authorities said the vehicle Heath was driving from Texas to his home in Lompoc,
Calif., was found abandoned along Interstate 10 in Yuma County on Aug. 26, 1981.

Investigators said Heath’s remains were discovered in some brush off Interstate
40 a month later. They said he appeared to die from a gunshot wound to the head.

Detectives said a resubmitting of fingerprints collected from the vehicle turned
up a match to Resendez.

Authorities arrested Resendez on Thursday.


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