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For Immediate Release

May 23, 2012 DUSM Ben Segotta, District of New Mexico (505) 462-2330
Murder Suspect Arrested

Espanola, NM - Deputies with the United States Marshal Service and Task Force Officers with the Santa Fe Police Department arrested Joel Rollins (48) in Espanola, NM. Rollins was wanted by the Sandoval County Sheriff’s Department for allegedly Murdering Elvis Delaney III in October 2007 and then burying Delaney’s body on his property in Sandoval County.

On May 22, 2012 the arrest warrant for Rollins was signed and information was received by the United States Marshals Service that Rollins was potentially in the Espanola, NM area. Investigators from the New Mexico State Police, Sandoval County Sheriff’s office, Santa Fe Police Department and the United States Marshals Service quickly responded and sent Southwest Fugitive Team (SWIFT) Task Force Deputies and Task Force Officers (TFO’s) to Espanola to investigate Rollins’ whereabouts. Rollins was located at his place of employment on May 23, 2012 by Marshals Service Deputies and TFO’s where he was arrested. Rollins was turned over to the Sandoval County Sheriff’s Department so they could continue their investigation.

United States Marshal Conrad E. Candelaria said “justice is one step closer to prevailing, due to the unyielding and tireless efforts of many law enforcement agencies, partnering with the Marshals Service from state, local and county agencies, this fugitive will now answer to the horrible and unconscionable crime committed”.

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