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Murder on I‑10 West of Blythe

July 26, 2016

Kyler ArnoldBLYTHE, Calif – On Sunday, July 24, at about 05:46 PM, deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff's Department - Colorado River Station responded to a shooting that occurred on westbound I‑10 approximately 2 miles west of Eagle Mountain Road. Upon arrival deputies located a shooting victim inside a vehicle identified as Delores Baez-Meraz, age 57 of Chandler, Arizona. Baez-Meraz was air lifted to Desert Hospital where she died from her injuries.

Investigators from the Colorado River Station and Central Homicide Unit responded and assumed the investigation. During the investigation they identified and arrested Kyler Jeffrey Arnold, age 18 of Chandler Arizona. Arnold was booked into the Riverside County jail in Blythe.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Investigator Loureiro from the Central Homicide Unit at 760-393-3524

Persons charged with a crime are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Citizens may also submit an anonymous tip using the Sheriff's CrimeTips online form or call the WETIP anonymous hotline at 1-800-78CRIME (27463). Anyone with further information regarding this case is encouraged to contact the Colorado River Station at 760-921-7900.

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