Suspect in 2008 murder case extradited from Mexico

Tuesday , July 21, 2015 - 2:30 PM

By ANDREAS RIVERA
Standard-Examiner staff

OGDEN -- After nearly six years, a man accused of a murder and arson was apprehended by police and has been returned to the United States to face those charges.

The Weber County Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday they have brought Gutberto Heras-Corrales, 39, into custody after he was extradited from Mexico, according to a press release.

Heras-Corrales is suspected in the murder of Noemi Rodriguez in December 2008. The day after Christmas, a snowplow driver discovered Rodriguez’s body in the Huntsville Cemetery, buried under snow. The body was only discovered after snow was moved to make way for a funeral.

Rodriguez of Layton, was believed to be the girlfriend of Heras-Corrales.

She was last seen leaving her Layton home to go work on Christmas Day, and was reported missing by her parents to the Layton Police Department on Saturday, Dec. 27. Police suspect she was killed Christmas night at the cemetery.

Police believed Heras-Corrales, their main suspect, had fled to Mexico and worked for several years to bring him back. In conjunction with federal authorities and Interpol, they persuaded Mexican authorities to recognize the warrant on Heras-Corrales and turn him over.

In January 2013, Mexican authorities arrested Heras-Corrales in Culican, Sinoloa. After a year and a half, he was extradited to the U.S. and is currently being held in the Weber County Jail on a $500,000 cash-only bail.

Heras-Corrales is also facing charges in Davis County for burning down Rodriguez’s mobile home just five days before her murder.

Rodriguez was 26 years old at the time of her death and the mother of three children. A motive for the murder had not been made clear.

“At this time, family members of Noemi do not wish to make any public statements but may do so later as the case progresses through the judicial system,“ the Sheriff’s Office included in its release.

Heras-Corrales is set to be arraigned on the charge of aggravated murder in the 2nd District of Ogden on Wednesday.

Contact reporter Andreas Rivera at 801-625-4227 or arivera@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter at @SE_Andreas.

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