Suspect in Snapchat murder case to appear in court

Posted at 9:33 AM, May 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-03 13:18:53-04

VISTA (CNS) - A 19-year-old Escondido man, who's accused of killing an acquaintance during an alcohol-fueled fight, dumping the body in Valley Center and then mentioning the crime on the social media app Snapchat, is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday at the Vista Courthouse.

Salvador Alejandro Sanchez was arrested Sunday and booked into the Vista Detention Facility on suspicion of first-degree murder, according to police and jail records.

An autopsy to determine the victim's cause of death was pending, but authorities said he was killed in a fight Thursday night. Sanchez "dumped the victim's body and buried it in tall grass" in an area off East Paradise Creek Lane in Valley Center, Escondido police Lt. Justin Murphy said.

On Saturday, friends of the victim saw Snapchat posts from the suspect alluding to a possible homicide and alerted the sheriff's department, which in turn notified the Escondido Police Department, according to the lieutenant.

Authorities have declined to release any specific Snapchat evidence and are withholding the victim's name.

The body was discovered Sunday and Sanchez was taken into custody in the vicinity of Ash Street and Grand Avenue that afternoon, Murphy said.

Anyone with additional information on the case was asked to call Escondido police Detective John O'Donnell at (760) 839-4756, or the department's anonymous tip line at (760) 743-8477.