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A Colorado man has been arrested in New York over the murder of his wife, last heard a month ago, police said.


New York State Police said in a news release that 31-year-old William Cruz was arrested Wednesday in connection with the death of 29-year-old Masani Cruz, who was found dead at the couple’s Colorado Springs home earlier this month.

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Police departments of three states were involved in the investigation of Masani Cruz’s death.

Police at Sag Harbor on Long Island received a report on October 4 from officers in North Plainfield, New Jersey, that Masani Cruz had been reported missing in their department and may be at the Sag Harbor Inn, New York State Police said.

When Sag Harbor police arrived at the inn, they found William Cruz alone. Police said Cruz was taken into custody and taken to hospital for treatment. State police did not specify why Cruz needed treatment or what treatment he received.

At the same time, police in Colorado Springs went to the couple’s last known address and found Masani Cruz dead.

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Police said that after following several leads, investigators determined that Masani Cruz had not been traced since September 14 and that William Cruz left Colorado on September 15. He said he reached Long Island on September 18.

Police said Cruz was arrested Wednesday on a murder warrant from El Paso County, Colorado.

newsday report said Cruz was produced in Suffolk County First District Court in Central Islip on Thursday.

A message seeking comment was left with the Legal Aid Society of Suffolk County, which represents Cruz.