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Lea County Sheriff's Office issues arrest warrant for murder

29-year-old Vanessa Najera was found deceased inside her vehicle by LCSO deputies on November 18.

LEA COUNTY, N.M. — Update: On January 7, 36-year-old Guadalupe Antonio Navarrette was arrested by Mexican Officials in Cuidad Juarez for the murder of Vanessa Najera. 

Guadalupe Navarrette is now in the custody of the US Marshals, and we will continue to update this story as we receive more information. 


The Lea County Sheriff's Office is investigating a murder from November 18. 

Deputies responded to a call in the 200 block of E Carter Lane in Hobbs involving an unwanted subject. Once they arrived, deputies found 29-year-old Vanessa Najera deceased inside a vehicle. 

The sheriff's office announced it had determined Najera's death was a homicide

As of November 20, the Lea County Sheriff's Office was looking for two people who could be connected with the homicide investigation as people of interest. 

34-year-old Jeremy Navarrette turned himself in for questioning, while 36-year-old Guadalupe Antonio Navarrette has not been located yet.

On November 29, the office issued an arrest warrant for murder for Guadalupe Navarrette.

Anyone has any information about the incident or his whereabouts is asked to contact the Lea County Crime Stoppers at 575-393-8005 or the sheriff's office at 575-396-3611.

Posted by Lea County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday, November 29, 2022

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