A Mattawa man has been arrested for the Oct. 16 murder of Carmelita Lopez-Santos of Yakima.
Jose Abilion Aguilar Aguilar, 35, of Mattawa was arrested earlier this week and booked into the Grant County Jail on charges of first degree murder, alien in possession of a firearm, felony harassment and intimidating a witness.
Santos' family had called the crime tips e-mail line to let the sheriff's office know that she was missing; her body was found by a hunter in a recreation area off Road 26 Southwest� near Mattawa on Oct. 16.
The investigation into her killing revealed that Aguilar and Carmelia Lopez-Santos, 42, had been romantically involved and he was upset when she ended the relationship.
On Wednesday the Grant County coroner confirmed Santos had been killed by multiple gunshot wounds to the head, torso and extremities.