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    Arrest Made in 2010 Cold Case Murder in Edgewater

    First Judicial District Attorney Peter Weir announced today that a 31-year-old man has been arrested on a warrant in a “cold case” homicide investigation. Francisco Rojas Carbajal was arrested in Wyoming and extradited to Jefferson County. He had his first appearance in a Jefferson County courtroom on July 9 where he was advised of his rights.

    On January 2, 2011 Edgewater police found Julia Abarca, DOB: 6-14-69, dead in her home at 2608 Kendall Street in Edgewater. The autopsy concluded that she died of asphyxiation by strangulation. At the request of Edgewater police, Jeffco DA investigators were called in to assist with the investigation.

    Between December 28, 2010 and January 4, 2011, there were 33 financial transactions made using her debit cards, totaling $1570.

    In August 2011 a warrant was issued for the arrest of Francisco Rojas, Julia Abarca’s live-in boyfriend, on suspicion of Identity Theft for the alleged unauthorized use of her debit cards.

    The trail of potential witnesses dried up in 2012. Early in 2013, the case was turned over to the DA’s Investigations Unit. They began to reevaluate the evidence and interviews from the early investigation and became pro-active in trying to develop new leads or information in the death of Julia Abarca.

    On June 30, 2013, a DA investigator was contacted by a police department in Wyoming, saying that they had arrested Francisco Rojas on local charges. Rojas waived extradition on the Identity Theft charges in Wyoming and DA investigators drove to Wyoming and returned him to Jefferson County.

    The investigation continued and Rojas was arrested on suspicion of First Degree Murder.

    “Investigating and solving “cold cases” is critically important in our office,” said Weir, “Criminals need to know that we will be relentless in our pursuit of justice for victims of violent crimes, no matter how old the case.” We are very pleased to have made an arrest in this case. The Colorado Bureau of Investigations, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and the Edgewater Police Department have done an outstanding job in helping us bring Mr. Rojas back to answer to these allegations.”

    Rojas is currently being held without bond at the Jefferson County Detention Center on suspicion of First Degree Murder. He will be back in court on July 12 to be advised of any charges filed against him.

    Pam Russell
    DA Public Information

    July 10, 2013

    Last Updated: 8-15-2013
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