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Police issue arrest warrant in 2006 Aurora cold case homicide

Heather Willard

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Heather Willard / NewsBreak Denver / Oct. 14, 2022

(Aurora, Colo.) Colorado’s 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office issued a felony arrest warrant for a man, thought to have fled the country, who is wanted in connection to a 2006 murder of an Aurora woman.

Authorities issued the no-bond felony arrest warrant for Salvador Hernandez-Morales, 45, on Monday, Oct. 10, for alleged connection to the murder of Francisca Perea-Dominguez.

On July 1, 2006, Perea-Dominguez was discovered in her Aurora apartment by friends checking on her well-being. Upon entering, they found the front door unlocked and saw their 42-year-old friend lying on her bedroom floor. Police investigation found she had been stabbed once in the stomach and sexually assaulted, in addition to bruises and scrapes.

Perea-Dominguez’ roommate, Hernandez-Morales, missed work after the murder and officials believe he fled home to Mexico. He has not been located, and investigators hope to interview him regarding this cold case.

“This defendant has evaded justice for too long,” District Attorney John Kellner said. “DNA analysis is making it harder for suspects who simply cannot outsmart science and technology. We look forward to the day when we can say justice has been served for the victim and her family.”

Hernandez-Morales is facing felony charges of first-degree murder after deliberation and first-degree murder, as well as sexual assault. If you have any information regarding this case, or his whereabouts, contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867.

DNA found on a toothbrush at the apartment was collected and matched to Hernandez-Morales. Recent testing revealed a match from the DNA found in a semen sample collected from Perea-Dominguez’ body and Hernandez-Morales’ toothbrush DNA.

“This is an example of the commitment and tenacity of this organization to go after people who commit horrific crimes no matter how long it takes,” Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates said. “We look forward to the day we can hold this suspect accountable.”

The interim chief commended the work of Aurora Police Detective Jason McDonald and his team on exposing the evidence.

“This is a case that was solved due to the hard work, dedication and persistence of the Cold Case Unit at the Aurora Police Department along with help from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation,” said Chris Wilcox, senior chief deputy district attorney. “We expect that this defendant is going to have to be extradited. Over the next several months, we’re going to be working on that process.”

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