ALEXANDRIA, VA — An Alexandria judge sentenced a man to 45 years in prison for a murder that happened in 1999.
The murder of Eva Valiz had been considered a cold case by the department. But detectives say they never forgot about the victim and tracked down Ludvin Estrada, 41, to Guatemala, where he was arrested earlier this month.
Veliz was murder on May 11, 1999, detectives say, she was out dancing with Estrada that night and left together around 2:45 a.m. At some point during the evening they got into a verbal fight, then detectives say, Estrada strangled Valiz to death. Soon after the murder, officers say Estrada fled to Guatemala.
“More than a decade ago, Eva Veliz was taken from her loving family in a senseless act of domestic violence. While this case was never a whodunit, Ludvin Estrada’s decision to flee the country made this investigation much more complex,” said Arlington County Deputy Chief Daniel Murray.
Last fall, several agencies including – Arlington County Police Department, Department of State, and the Department of Justice of International Affairs- joined forces to track down Estrada and extradited him back to Arlington.
“This case demonstrates our commitment to pursue cases, no matter how much time has passed. The message to criminals and the families of the victims is clear – Arlington County will not waver in our commitment to investigate and prosecute cold case homicides,” Murray said.