Sunnyside murder suspect extradited from Mexico

Sunnyside murder suspect extradited from Mexico
Eric Flores

YAKIMA, Wash. -- Sunnyside police say they have taken custody of Eric Flores. He was charged with second degree murder in 2007 for the death of Veronica Ayala. Authorities located him in Mexico last October. He was turned over to Sunnyside police detectives Thursday night and booked into Yakima County Jail.

Here is the official news release:

On July 31, 2007, Eric Flores was charged with Second Degree Murder for the death of Veronica Ayala. When Flores fled the area, an arrest warrant was issued for him.  Flores was located in Mexico, where on October 17, 2012, he was arrested on the warrant and held pending completion of the extradition process.

The Sunnyside Police Department, U.S. Marshal’s Service, Yakima County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, U.S Department of Justice Office of International Affairs and Interpol cooperated during the period Flores has been on the run, in preparing for his capture, arrest and extradition to the United States to stand trial for the murder.

As a result of the hard work and diligence of the involved agencies in pursuing Flores, yesterday the U.S. Marshal’s Service completed the extradition of Flores from Mexico when they turned over custody of Flores to the Sunnyside Police Department detectives.  Flores was booked into the Yakima County jail last night.

The success of this effort and the holding of Flores accountable for the murder is due to the cooperative partnership of State and Federal agencies, all of whom played an important and crucial role in returning Flores to Yakima County.