MADERA COUNTY, Calif. (KFSN) — The Madera County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a teenage suspect in the murder of a 16-year-old girl whose body was found in a field last year.

Deputies say 19-year-old Codi Slayton used social media to communicate with Josephine Jimenez and other young girls throughout California, and possibly across the United States.

Slayton, a former Marine and Madera County resident, was arrested in Oceanside by Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) investigators on unrelated charges.

Specific details surrounding the evidence linking Slayton to Josephine’s death are not being released by the NCIS or Madera County Sheriff’s Office, but authorities say both teens communicated over social media before Josephine disappeared and was found dead.

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