Fugitive murder suspect Juan Ayala Rodriguez, 35, was arrested in Mexico and has been extradited to the US
He is the fifth suspect to be arrested over the murder of Rossana Delgado
Rossana Delgado, a 37-year-old mother-of-two disappeared on April 16 after picking up a ride-share in an Atlanta suburb
Footage released by her family in what they believe is the last time Rossana Delgado was seen alive, she was checking out at the cash register in a Ross Store in Atlanta, on April 16
Her husband had tracked her phone to a storage unit where a ‘bloody face mask was found’
Four days later, her dismembered body was discovered at a cabin in Cherry Log, Gilmer County, Georgia
Days later, the first arrest was of a man found in possession of Delgado’s stolen car
A woman and two other suspects were earlier arrested in Mexico
Two more females and one male suspects are still at large, last seen in Mexico
Police are yet to suggest a potential motive for the killing
A fugitive suspect has been arrested in connection with the death of an Atlanta area woman, whose dismembered remains were found in a burned home after she disappeared.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation on Saturday announced the arrest of Juan Ayala Rodriguez, 35, on June 26 in Durango, Mexico. He has since been transferred to the United States to face murder charges in the death and dismemberment of Rossana Delgado.
Ayala’s is the fifth and latest arrest to be made in the case. Police are still hunting for three suspects who they say were last seen in Mexico. The arrest brings the number of suspects in custody to four
Delgado, a 37-year-old mother-of-two disappeared on April 16 after picking up a ride-share in an Atlanta suburb.
Four days later, her dismembered body was discovered at a cabin in Cherry Log, according to police, who are are yet to suggest a possible motive for Delgado’s killing.
Delgado was reported missing by her husband Yhony Castro at around 7pm on the night she went missing. Castro then tracked his wife’s phone to several locations and informed police.
Initially authorities identified four suspects including Mario Alberto Barbosa-Juarez , 29, of Oklahoma City, Megan Alyssa Colone, aka Grace Beda., 30, of Stone Mountain, Juan Ayala-Rodriguez, 35, of Gainesville and Oscar Manuel Garcia, 26, of Austell.
On Saturday, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation on Saturday announced the arrest of Ayala-Rodriguez.
Ayala was picked up on June 26 in Durango, Mexico and has since been transferred to the United States to face murder charges.
Friends told 11Alive that Delgado, who was born in Venezuela, spoke to her husband Yhony Castro around 7pm on April 16 before she picked up a passenger. He reported her missing about eight hours later when she did not return home as expected.
Castro was able to track his wife’s phone to a home in DeKalb County. He told investigators it had been there for about an hour before it was tracked to a storage unit on Covington Highway.
He went first to the storage unit where he reportedly found a face mask with blood on it, according to 11Alive.
In an interview on in April, Delgado’s friend Jennifer Nuñez said Castro then went to the home where he spoke to 30-year-old Megan Alyssa Colone, who would later be named as one of the suspects in Delgado’s murder by the GBI.
When Castro rang the doorbell and asked Colone about his wife, she acted bizarrely and panicked, Nuñez said.
‘She pretended like she didn’t know what was happening,’ Nuñez told 11Alive in an interview in Spanish.
The Cherry Log home where Delgado’s body was found is believed to have belonged to Colone.
Delgado was last seen in DeKalb County on the same day she was reported missing.
Footage released by her family in what they believe is the last time she was seen alive shows Delgado in a Ross Store in the Mall Plaza Fiesta in Atlanta.
In the clip, Delgado is seen checking out at a register in the store next to another woman, identified later as Megan Alyssa Colone.
Colone and Garcia were arrested in Mexico along with another suspect, Juan Antonio Vega, 25.
Calvin Harvard was the first arrest made and has been charged with evidence tampering and theft by receiving stolen property after he was found in possession of Delgado’s car.
Harvard, 28, was taken into custody three days after the crime on charges of Tampering with Evidence and Theft by Receiving Stolen Property related to the murder of Bethlehem resident Rossana Delgado in Cherry Log.
Investigators said Harvard had Delgado’s red Ford Focus, which had been reported stolen, and a white Ford F150 and white Buick Regal belonging to one of the five suspects in her murder.
Police are still searching for Barbosa Juarez as well as two additional suspects; Carolina Jazmin Rodriguez Ramirez, 28, and Maria Katherine Chavez Encarnacion, 28.
Footage released by Delgado’s family show what they believe to be the last time she was seen alive. In the clip, Delgado is seen checking out at a register at a Ross Store in the Mall Plaza Fiesta in Atlanta on April 16.
The 37-year-old mother of two was found dead three days after being reported missing by her husband. Police have not determined a motive for her murder.
A cause of death has not been released and investigators haven’t specified how the suspects were connected to the death.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the GBI. Tips can also be submitted by calling 1-800-597-TIPS(8477), online at https://gbi.georgia.gov/submit-tips-online