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Suspect Arrested in Slaying of American Woman in Chile

Saturday, 13 Sep 2014 12:37 PM

Chilean police have arrested a suspect in the slaying of a young American woman who was found beaten to death in her apartment at a school in southern Chile, authorities said Saturday.

The prosecutor investigating the case said DNA evidence linked Domingo Cofre, 44, a guard at the Colegio Bautista in Temuco, Chile, to the murder September 6 of 22-year-old Erica Faith Hagan.

Hagan, a recent graduate from Kentucky, arrived July 28 to be an English teacher at the secondary school through an exchange program sponsored by Georgetown University.

She was beaten to death with a metal rod, said Cristian Paredes, the prosecutor in charge of the investigation.

"Tests of the weapon used to cause the death of the American citizen uncovered DNA that irrefutably belongs to Domingo Cofre," he told radio Biobio.

Police searched Cofre's home and found a shoe with blood stains on it, he said, adding that the blood is being tested to determine if it belonged to the victim.

Once the tests have been completed, Hagan's body will be turned over to her parents, who have arrived in Chile to take possession of it.

© AFP 2017

   
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Chilean police have arrested a suspect in the slaying of a young American woman who was found beaten to death in her apartment at a school in southern Chile, authorities said Saturday.The prosecutor investigating the case said DNA evidence linked Domingo Cofre, 44, a guard...
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