Guatemala

Fausto Carillo extradited from Guatemala City to New Jersey 19 years after Martha Morales’s death

Fausto Ramiro Santos Carillo, 56, has lived in both the United States and Guatemala. He shared an apartment with Martha Morales in Plainfield, Union County, New Jersey, United States.

On July 23, 2003, Plainfield Police Department officers found Morales dead inside the apartment. She was 49.

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Carillo allegedly fled the area after fatally stabbing Morales. In February 2018, the Union County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Task Force received a tip about his possible location.

It was later confirmed that Carillo was in Guatemala City, Guatemala. On March 21, 2022, members of the U.S. Marshals Service arrested him in Guatemala where he was held.

On November 4, 2022, Carillo was extradited to New Jersey. He was charged with murder and weapons-related offenses.

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Nicknamed the Queen City, Plainfield was incorporated as a city on April 21, 1869. Every fall, the city hosts the Queen City Film Festival, which honors independently produced films.

Football players Dontae Johnson, 30, and Jon Hilliman, 26, were both born in Plainfield. Adrian O. Mapp, 65, is the incumbent mayor of the city.

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