A Brampton man accused of killing his wife has been extradited from Mexico, ending an international manhunt that lasted 14 years.
Henry Stanley Morales, now 44 year-old, has been arrested in Mexico for an alleged murder of his wife, Malena Morales, inside their Brampton apartment in 2006.
Police found Malena Morales, mother of two, dead inside the couple’s home at Steeles Avenue and McMurchy Avenue in Brampton on July 13, 2006 at about 2.00 a.m.
Franco said the victim “wanted out of the marriage” and was suffering physical abuse by the accused, but “he didn’t want that.” Franco said she noticed bruises on her sister weeks before the homicide happened.
In 2009, his case was featured on the television show “America’s Most Wanted” after years fruitless searching by the authorities.
The twist of events comes after the accused was located in Mexico in 2019, after 13 years of eluding the police.
“After a ten-month long extradition process, and with assistance from Mexican authorities, he was arrested on the outstanding warrant,” Peel police said. “Investigators immediately traveled to Mexico and escorted him back to Canada.”
Deputy Chief Milinovich praised the investigators in tracking down Henry Morales over the years.
“This case is a shining example of the level of determination by our officers, in their relentless pursuit of justice and to secure closure for the family of Malena Morales,” the deputy chief said.
He added the case is a reminder to some members of the community that the threat of intimate partner violence is real.
“Domestic violence does not discriminate between race or culture, and incidents like this terrible tragedy leave behind numerous victims in their wake. If you are a victim of domestic violence, or know someone who is, make the call. We can help,” Milinovich said.