WHITE PLAINS – An investigation by the New York State Police and the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office has led to the arrest of Esdras Marroquin Gomez, aka “Victor,” age 32, who was arraigned on Nov. 15 before Judge Zambelli on an indictment charging him in the death of Lois Elizabeth Colley, age 83.
He was charged with Murder in the Second Degree, a Class A-I felony.
According to officials, on Nov. 9, 2015, Colley’s body was discovered in her North Salem home by a caretaker who worked on the 300-acre estate. She died from blunt force trauma.
Police discovered a pin from a fire extinguisher next to Colley’s body. A few days later, the extinguisher was recovered in a pond on the property. It was wrapped in a plastic bag and had Colley’s DNA on it.
During the investigation, the New York State Police developed the defendant as a suspect and learned that he had already fled to Guatamala just days after the killing, officials said.
According to New York State Police, the FBI in coordination with Mexican and Guatemalan authorities eventually located Marroquin Gomez and took him into custody in Cancun, Mexico on Nov. 7, 2017. After arriving in federal custody at the LaGuardia Airport on the evening of Nov. 10, 2017, the fugitive was turned over to the New York State Police.
Evidence was brought before a Westchester Grand Jury who voted to indict Gomez for Murder in the Second Degree.
Gomez pled not guilty and was remanded.
His next court date is Dec. 7, 2017, and he faces twenty-five years to life in state prison.