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Luke AFB airman arrested in February death of New Mexico woman

Sasha Krause (Facebook Photo/San Juan County Sheriff's Office, NM)

PHOENIX — An airman stationed at Luke Air Force Base was arrested in connection with the February death of a New Mexico woman, authorities said Tuesday.

Mark Gooch, 21, was arrested for the death of 27-year-old Sasha Krause, who was found dead north of Flagstaff near Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument on Feb. 21.

Authorities said fingerprints taken at the scene matched Krause’s driver’s license record in Texas.

Krause was last seen Jan. 18 picking up items from the Farmington Mennonite Church in northwestern New Mexico where she taught Sunday school, authorities said.

Her car was parked outside the church, according to San Juan County authorities who said Krause disappeared after eating dinner with her roommates but without her wallet, money, her driver’s license or car.

Sheriff’s officials said detectives learned Gooch traveled from Luke Air Force Base to Farmington during the time Krause went missing.

Authorities haven’t disclosed how Krause was killed.

An investigation into Krause’s death is still ongoing.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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