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California man arrested in Florida cold-case murder of 16-year-old stepdaughter

California man arrested in Florida cold-case murder of 16-year-old stepdaughter

via WPLG:

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. (WPLG) — A man has been arrested in California 16 years after his stepdaughter was killed in Florida, authorities confirmed.

Raul Mata, 46, who now lives in Watsonville, California, will be extradited to Miami-Dade to face charges in the death of 16-year-old Dilcia Mejia.

According to detectives, officers were called to the family’s mobile home in northwest Miami-Dade on Sept. 17, 2004, regarding an unresponsive female. Police said Mata directed officers to the body of the lifeless teenager. Mejia was found with a cut to her neck and the medical examiner ruled her death a homicide.

No arrests were initially made, but authorities said DNA obtained from her body led to a positive match to Mata. Police said investigators now have physical and circumstantial evidence that links Mata to the killing.


The Miami Beach High School student was last seen by her mother on the night of Sept. 16, 2004, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports. She told police her daughter had been watching TV at their home at the Colonial Acres mobile home community.

Raul Mata made a frantic call to a 911 operator to report that he arrived home to find his stepdaughter had been killed. In his statement to initial statement to investigators, Mata said he left the family’s home in the 9600 block of Northwest 10th Avenue at about 7:45 a.m. on Sept. 17, 2004, and…

California man arrested in Florida cold-case murder of 16-year-old stepdaughter

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. (WPLG) — A man has been arrested in California 16 years after his stepdaughter was killed in Florida, authorities confirmed. Raul Mata, 46, who now lives in Watsonville, California, will be extradited to Miami-Dade to face charges in the death of 16-year-old Dilcia Mejia.



California man arrested in Florida cold-case murder of 16-year-old stepdaughter

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