Salvador Hernandez-Morales charged with murder in 2006 Aurora cold case

Authorities this week brought murder charges against a man long-suspected of killing a woman in her Aurora home 16 years ago.

Salvador Hernandez-Morales, 45, was charged Monday with first-degree murder and sexual assault in connection with the 2006 slaying of Francisca Perea-Dominguez, who was 42 when she was killed on July 1, 2006. He remains at large.

Police officers found Perea-Dominguez stabbed to death inside her Aurora home at 12612 East Kansas Drive. She’d been stabbed once in the stomach and sexually assaulted, according to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

A neighbor told police she heard bumping and what sounded like wrestling in the apartment around the time of the killing. She then saw Perea-Dominguez’s roommate — an unknown Hispanic man — leaving the apartment in a hurry, according to the affidavit. The man drove a white Ford Explorer and often wore a white cowboy hat, witnesses said.

Additional DNA testing last year tied Hernandez-Morales to the crime scene, according to an affidavit filed against him Monday. Investigators found that DNA on a toothbrush at Perea-Dominguez’s apartment matched DNA found in semen collected after she was sexually assaulted.

Investigators tested Hernandez-Morales’ DNA against that sample and found that he could be a match, according to the affidavit. Two other suspects were excluded by the DNA analysis.

Hernandez-Morales drove a white Ford Explorer, wore a white cowboy hat and did not show up for work as scheduled after the killing, according to the affidavit.

Aurora police and representatives of the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s office will hold a news conference at 10 a.m. to discuss the case.

This is a breaking story and will be updated. 

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