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Mexican feds issue warrant for 23-year police veteran

Culiacán, Sinola — The Attorney General of Sinola says he regrets that a once-honored police officer is now a suspect in the murder of two minors as the Mexican federal government issues an warrant for a 23-year police veteran.

After several months of investigation, the Attorney General of the State of Sinaloa has linked one of their own to the deaths of 5-year-old Dayana and 16-year-old Jovana.

Miguel Eduardo Burgos Varela, who was a municipal police officer of Navolato, has been linked to the murder of the two unrelated girls. In February of 2018, Burgos Varela learned that the federal police were investigating him in the deaths.

No one has reported hearing from him since. A warrant for his arrest was issued March 16 by a judge of the Criminal Control and Prosecution division.

The Attorney General’s Office and the International Criminal Police Organization are under the presumption Burgos Varela left the country. The 43-year-old ex-officer has since been Red flagged with Interpol.

Dayana, who was from Navolato, was declared missing by her family on June 6, 2017. She was discovered deceased October 23 in a field.

On October 3, university student Jovana went missing after walking along a street in Navloato. She was found deceased nine days later after allegedly being raped and shot.

Javier Llausás Magaña, a member of the State Public Safety Council of the state, said that this has been a blow to the police department after they have spent months attempting to boost their professional image. Now again, they find themselves exposed to “criticism and questions from the public”.

In 2009, Burgos Varela was given a public valor award for his police work efforts.