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Snapchat aids in arrest of Escondido murder suspect

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Posted at 9:52 AM, May 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-02 12:52:47-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - An arrest in a murder investigation may have been made possible with the help of the social media app Snapchat.

Escondido police officials said they were notified by San Diego County sheriff's officials regarding the death of a man in Escondido.

Police said some Snapchat users "discovered the possible murder of their friend" on the app and "indicated the suspect was an acquaintance named Salvador Sanchez."

Police learned Sanchez, a 19-year-old Escondido resident, had a disagreement with the victim while drinking in Escondido on April 27. The victim died in a fight with Sanchez, according to police.

Police allege Sanchez took the victim's body to the 49000 block of E. Paradise Creek Lane in Valley Center, where he buried it in tall grass. Investigators found the body on April 30.

Later that same day, police arrested Sanchez in connection with the crime in Escondido.

Police said the investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information on the case is urged to contact Det. John O'Donnell at 760-839-4756 or leave an anonymous tip at 760-743-8477.