Man arrested in Mexico, charged with ex-girlfriend's Dallas murder

Man wanted in Dallas mom's murder captured

DALLAS - DALLAS - Faustino Valdez has been captured in Durango, Mexico and charged with murder in the death of his former girlfriend, Marisol Espinosa in Dallas.

Valdez was booked into the Dallas County jail early Friday morning, more than one year after a warrant was issued for his arrest. He was also charged with two counts of probation violation for theft. His bond was set Friday at $1 million.

"We can get the justice she deserves, " said Espinosa's mother, Rebecca Espinosa, on the arrest. "She didn't deserve to die this way."

Marisol Espinosa was reported missing on Dec. 29, 2015. Ten weeks later, her body was found by an animal rescue group searching for abandoned dogs under the Dowdy Ferry Bridge.

Valdez, father of Espinosa's two youngest children, was reported to be the last person to see her alive. 

Mexican newspaper Milenio reports that Valdez was captured at an immigration check and was using a false name. 

On Jan. 1, 2016, the same day Espinosa's Chevy Tahoe was found abandoned in the parking lot of an apartment complex, Valdez spoke with WFAA.

"She gave me a kiss goodbye and just left for work," he said of the moment he last saw Espinosa. 

Two days after that interview, authorities couldn't locate Valdez. A warrant was issued for his arrest in December of 2016. 

According to the FBI in Dallas, Valdez was escorted from Mexico City to Dallas by an FBI special agent and an officer from Instituto Nacional de Migración and then transferred to the custody of the Dallas Police Department.

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