Murder, Kidnapping Suspect Surrenders

Cumberland County authorities say a man accused of killing his girlfriend and kidnapping their 22-month-old daughter has surrendered to police in Connecticut.

Sheriff's office spokeswoman Debbie Tanna says 23-year-old Alexander Zelaya was arrested Thursday morning in the town of West Haven.

Tanna says Zelaya drove to a Walmart in town and asked how to find the nearest police station.

Investigators say Zelaya shot and killed 22-year-old Miriam Reyes and fled Fayetteville in a stolen vehicle with their daughter, Juliana. He dropped the little girl off at a Food Lion in Newport News, Va. on Wednesday.

Juliana is now with her mother's parents.

Zelaya is currently being held without bond pending an initial court appearance on charges of first-degree murder. It couldn't be immediately determined if he has a lawyer.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


A little girl has been found safe in Virginia, but police are still looking for her father, who they suspect of killing her mother in North Carolina.

Cumberland County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Debbie Tanna says the 1-year-old girl was found Tuesday morning at a Food Lion in Newport News, Va.

Tanna says the girl was dropped off by her father, 23-year-old Alexander Zelaya.

Police plan to charge Zelaya with first-degree murder in the death of 22-year-old Marianna Reyes, the little girl's mother. Her body was found early Tuesday in front of her Fayetteville home. She had been shot multiple times.

Investigators say Zelaya fled the scene with the little girl in tow after stealing a neighbor's car at gunpoint.

Tanna says police in Virginia are helping with the investigation.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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Cumberland County authorities are searching for a man accused of killing his girlfriend and kidnapping their one-year-old daughter after stealing a neighbor's car at gunpoint.

Sheriff's office spokeswoman Debbie Tanna says the body of 22-year-old Marianna Reyes was found early Tuesday morning outside her Fayetteville home. Reyes had been shot multiple times.

Detectives believe she was shot by 23-year-old Alexander Zelaya, with whom she had a daughter.

Investigators say Zelaya took Juliana Reyes, who is approximately 2 feet 8 inches tall, weighing 30 pounds. An Amber Alert says she has brown hair, and brown eyes.

Authorities believe the two are in a green vehicle and may already be in Virginia. They say Zelaya is a native of El Salvador.


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