VIDEO: Fugitive Arrested Abroad After 14 Years

Posted On Tuesday September 15, 2020

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Region of Peel – Homicide and Missing Persons Bureau investigators have extradited a man from Mexico, after fourteen years of being wanted for murdering his wife in the City of Brampton.

On Thursday, July 13, 2006, at approximately 2:00 a.m., uniform officers attended an apartment building at Steeles Avenue and McMurchy Avenue in Brampton. Malena Morales, a 31-year-old mother of two children, was found murdered inside the family apartment.

The investigation led to a Canada Wide Arrest Warrant being issued on July 14, 2006, for her husband Henry Morales, who was 30 at the time of the incident. Investigators believed Henry Morales had fled from Canada to Mexico with his exact whereabouts unknown.

The search for Henry Morales continued throughout the years and in 2009, his case was profiled on America’s Most Wanted.

The diligent and persistent work of investigators led to Henry Morales being located in Mexico in 2019. After a ten-month long extradition process, and with assistance from Mexican authorities, he was arrested on the outstanding warrant. Investigators immediately traveled to Mexico and escorted him back to Canada.

Henry Morales, a 44-year-old man, was charged with Murder and held for a bail hearing. He will attend the Ontario of Justice in Brampton on September 16, 2020.

“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. It also serves as a reminder that intimate partner violence is real threat for some members of our community” said Deputy Chief Nick Milinovich. “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”

Anyone with any additional information is asked to contact the Homicide and Missing Persons Bureau at 905-453-3311, ext. 3205.  Information may also be left anonymously by calling Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477) or by visiting peelcrimestoppers.ca.

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