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Arrest made in 14 year old Yakima girl murder
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YAKIMA, Wash. - There has been an arrest in the murder of a 14-year-old Sunnyside girl.

Francisca Hernandez-Ramirez disappeared last October. Her parents say she went to a party and never came home. Her body was found near Prosser in the Yakima River in February.

Police had a suspect in mind, 22-year-old Jesus Perales, but he fled to California.

Benton County Sheriff’s Office located her body in the Yakima River. Since had last been seen on October 20, 2008. This investigation had been conducted with the assistance of the Pasco Police Department, Yakima County Sheriff’s Office, Benton County Sheriff’s Office, Roza Irrigation District, Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District, Yakima County Search and Rescue, FBI, Port of Seattle Police Department and a private firm out of King County called VideoRay.

" The information we have going back to spring of this year, it wasn't until late last week that detectives with the violent crimes task force, working on another matter, developed information that indicated the suspect had returned to the Yakima Valley," said Stew Graham with the Yakima Sheriff's Office.

Perales was arrested Tuesday. His prelimary hearing was scheduled for Wednesday.