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'Person of interest' in Snyder homicide arrested in Ohio on murder charge

SNYDER, Texas - A 19-year-old woman listed as a "person of interest" in the death of a man found slain recently in his Snyder home has been arrested in Toledo, Ohio.

Currently in the Lucas County Jail, Casandra Lopez is listed as a fugitive with a hold from Scurry County for a murder charge, jail records show.

Lopez was arrested about 2:30 p.m. Sunday by the U.S. Marshal's Service. Authorities originally said she was 21 years old.

Omar Alejandro Diaz was found dead at his Snyder residence on Saturday, March 22. He was last seen with Lopez – identified as his girlfriend – on March 14 in Lorenzo, according to a recent state Department of Public Safety news release.

"At this time the plans have not been finalized as to when or how Lopez will be brought back to Snyder, Texas," Snyder Police Chief Terry Luecke said in a news release. "The investigation is still ongoing."

Luecke said it is "unknown as this time why she was in Ohio."

"From what we know, she has no family in that area," Luecke said.

Diaz's red 2004 Pontiac Grand Am GT was found abandoned in "the Lubbock area," Luecke said last week.

Snyder police say Diaz and Lopez had recently moved to Snyder in December from Lorenzo after Diaz had gotten a job at Price Daniel state prison unit.

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