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Murder warrant issued in northwest Iowa shooting

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Sioux City police have issued an arrest warrant for a 20-year-old man suspected of killing a local man and dumping his body across the state border in South Dakota.

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A task force headed by the U.S. Marshal's Service is working with Sioux City police in the search for Martin Castellanos, who remains on the loose, the Sioux City Journal reported (http://bit.ly/19SqZ5k ). Investigators said Castellanos is suspected of fatally shooting 20-year-old Adrian Rojas-Hernandez on Sunday in Sioux City.

South Dakota authorities said Hernandez's partially burned body was found later that day in a ditch alongside a gravel road about five miles east of Interstate 29's Exit 64 between Canton and Sioux Falls.

Sioux City police said 22-year-old Ricardo Jaime Vital has been arrested and charged as an accessory after the fact. Vital is accused of driving a car to the front of the house to help with the removal of Rojas-Hernandez's body and then cleaning up blood and disposing of bloody clothing and bedding.

The Northern Iowa Fugitive Task Force is helping search for Castellanos. The task force, which includes officers from the U.S. Marshal's Service and several local police agencies, is regularly used to arrest federal parolees and fugitives in the Sioux City area.

Deputy U.S. Marshal Mike Fuller wouldn't comment on whether authorities believe Castellanos was still in the Sioux City area.

“If we determine that he's outside of the Sioux City area, we will enlist the help of other marshals offices, if necessary,” he said.

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