Murder suspect arrested after investigators find crime scene

Murder suspect arrested after investigators find crime scene

BARD, Calif. – The Imperial County Sheriff’s Office said a collaborative homicide investigation between the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office and the Imperial County Sheriff’s Office was completed with the arrest of 37-year-old Joseph Franklin Smith, in the murder of Stephanie Fedorka.

The investigation began in October 2014, when Fedorka’s body was located in the lower Colorado River with a gunshot wound to the chest. After a four month long investigation, investigators located the crime scene in Bard, California and key pieces of evidence to formally charge and arrest Smith. Smith is currently in the Yuma County Jail and awaits extradition to Imperial County.

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