Deputies: Sunnyside fugitive may be linked to murder case

Deputies: Sunnyside fugitive may be linked to murder case

YAKIMA, Wash. -- New developments in the murder of a Sunnyside man show a connection to an officer-involved shooting Tuesday. Two people are now in custody on 1st degree murder.

Investigators say at least one more suspect is out there.

Daisy Valencia made her first court appearance on first degree murder for the death of 40-year-old Jose Manuel Correa.

James Long is the other suspect in custody after investigators say they continue to follow a strange trail.

"It's the snowball of cases," said Yakima County Sheriff's Detective Robert Udell. "It continues to just get bigger and go in more places, directions than we could have envisioned two weeks ago."

Investigators found Correa's beaten body in a ditch earlier this month near Granger, a half-mile from where his pickup truck was torched.

Court records indicate Correa was gagged and hogtied.

"A beating is more unusual and it includes maybe emotion. It's personal," Udell said.

On top of that, police now say the case is connected to Tuesday's officer-involved shooting in Sunnyside.

Court documents show the man police are after there, Marcus Torres, is one of a handful of suspects still wanted in connection to Correa's death.

Another suspect is Valencia's boyfriend, Isaac Cruz.

Investigators say Cruz had it in for Correa for selling him a gun that didn't work.

They also say the rift escalated over rumors Correa was having an affair with Valencia.

A witness tells Police that Long allegedly drove the victim's car to home near Granger with Jose's bloody body was still in the back of the pickup.

Officers arrested Isaac Cruz earlier this month for unlawful possession of a firearm that is believed to be one of the victim's guns.

Valencia and Long both deny any involvement in Correa's murder.

Deputies say a witness in Benton County provided critical and information.

Investigators are still looking for Marcus Torres and Jesse Reyes. Reyes is James Long's stepbrother.

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KENNEWICK POLICE NEWS RELEASE -- Kennewick Police Department is assisting Sunnyside Police in attempting to locate 27 year old Marcus Anthony Torres who is wanted in connection with an incident that took place in Sunnyside on Tuesday afternoon April 17, 2012.

Torres fled from Sunnyside Officers and pointed a gun at an Officer. Torres has ties to the Tri Cities and is believed to be in the area.

Torres was release from Federal prison on February 1, 2012 and has already had several contacts with law enforcement. He should be considered armed and dangerous. Crime Stoppers in Yakima County is offering a reward in connection with this case.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Torres, contact 800‐248‐9980 or 800‐222‐8477. If you see Torres, contact 911 immediately.

If someone has information that they would like to provide while remaining confidential, they may call the Crime Stoppers line at 586‐TIPS (8477), 1‐800‐222‐TIPS (8477) or visit www.tricitiescrimestoppers.org.