Arrest made in 2012 Avondale cold case murder

AVONDALE, Ariz. (KSAZ) -- Avondale Police have made an arrest in an unsolved murder that happened six years ago.

The incident, according to a statement released by Avondale Police on Friday, happened on December 16, 2012 on the 10000 block of W. Indian School Road, and the victim was identified as Colombe Smithdeal.

The suspect, identified by Avondale Police officials as 23-year-old Francisco Lopez, was arrested on Thursday, and has been booked into jail on murder, sexual assault, and kidnapping charges. Officials say DNA played a factor in determining probably cause for the arrest.

FOX 10's Matt Galka reports.

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