Bullhead City woman wanted in '11 murder; victim found stabbed 80 times

Nora Yesenia Sandoval

Credit: Bullhead City Police Department

Nora Yesenia Sandoval

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by Jennifer Thomas

azfamily.com

Posted on September 26, 2013 at 12:59 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 1 at 9:36 AM

BULLHEAD CITY, Ariz. -- A nationwide felony warrant has been issued for murder charges against a Bullhead City woman in connection with the death of a man whose body was found wrapped in plastic shower curtains and duct tape two years ago.

Nora Yesenia Sandoval, 35, faces charges of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.

Raymond Arthur Sanchez's body was found near the entrance of the Colorado River Nature Center on Aug. 21, 2011. Police said the 36-year-old father of five had been stabbed more than 80 times.

Detectives said Sandoval, a local drug dealer, blamed Sanchez for stealing a large amount of methamphetamine from her.

Sanchez's friends told police that he was afraid and believed Sandoval sent people to hurt him.

Police received an anonymous tip in June stating that Chase Robert Salveson, 42, was responsible for Sanchez's murder. Detectives learned that Salveson was selling methamphetamine for Sandoval and was in debt to her.

Police said Salveson's DNA was located on the duct tape that was used to wrap the victim's body. He was arrested in Nevada on Aug. 31 and faces first-degree murder charges.

During the investigation, police learned that Sandoval bought three plastic shower curtains and cleaning supplies on the day of the murder.

Sandoval has been on the run for the past year after she failed to appear for her trial where she was found her guilty for methamphetamine sales.

Anyone with any information on Sandoval's whereabouts is asked to contact a local law enforcement agency or Bullhead City police at 928-763-1999.

The murder investigation is ongoing. Anyone with further information regarding this case is urged to call Detective Brandon Grasse at 928-763-9200, ext. 788.

 

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