Goodyear murder suspect sought by Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office

PHOENIX — The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in locating Melkyseddek Munoz-Garcia, wanted for the brutal murder of Laura Hernandez in June.

Laura Hernandez was abducted at her workplace in the Deer Valley area by her ex-husband, Melkyseddek Munoz-Garcia at about 8 p.m. on Friday, June 8, said a statement from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.

As Melkyseddek drove Laura from the worksite in her vehicle, Hernandez attempted to escape from Melkyseddek at the intersection of State Route 85 and South Estrella Parkway in Goodyear.

Melkyseddek chased Laura down in the roadway and publicly executed her with a firearm.

He fled the scene in her vehicle, which was later recovered by investigators. Detectives discovered evidence directly linking Melkyseddek to Laura’s murder. However, his whereabouts are unknown.

Melkyseddek is originally from Chihuahua City, Chihuahua, Mexico, and he still has family residing in the Chihuahua area. He may be working in construction or as an automobile mechanic. He frequents Latino themed bars and clubs. He has been known to pass himself off as an auto broker.

Melkyseddek has used aliases to include Melky, Octavio Olivas, Octavio Olivas Martinez, and Oscar Munoz. He was last believed to be driving a 2001 white Ford Ranger with an extended cab with Arizona license plate BTV5380, which was registered to Hernandez.

Melkyseddek was convicted of aggravated assault stemming from an incident on November 24, 2012, in which Laura was victimized. There were also other domestic violence incidents that were reported to police.

If anyone has any information regarding Melkyseddek, please contact the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office at 602-876-1011 or 602-876-TIPS (8477). Please reference IR# 18-016859.

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