Officials announce arrest of suspect wanted in 2015 socialite slaying

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Authorities have announced the arrest of a suspect wanted in the 2015 killing of a socialite in North Salem.

Lois Colley was found beaten to death inside her family's 300-acre North Salem estate in November 2015. Authorities say they believe she was bludgeoned to death with a home fire extinguisher.

Authorities say that Esdras Marroquin Gomez, who went by the name of Victor, worked at the 83-year-old’s farm as a day laborer and fled the country days after the killing. He first went to Guatemala, where he is from, and then to Cancun, Mexico.

Last week, Gomez was arrested in Cancun and deported back to back to Guatemala. Authorities say that the only way back to Guatemala was through the United States, and the FBI then nabbed him in Miami on murder charges. They believe he killed Colley possibly over a dispute about money.

Investigators were tight-lipped about what led them to Gomez but said it took a village of officials from Guatemala to Mexico to bring him in.

Officials say Gomez was living in Westchester illegally, but they say he didn't have a criminal history while he was in the U.S.

Gomez is being held without bail at the Westchester County Jail.

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