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Arrest In Murder

A collaborative effort between Yuma County Sheriff's Office and the Imperial County Sheriff's Office has resulted in an arrest in a 6 month old murder case.

In October of 2014 the body of Stephanie Fedorka was found in the lower Colorado River. Fedorka had a gunshot wound to the chest. After four months of investigation the crime scene was located in Bard , California and key pieces of evidence were developed. This led to the arrest of 37-year old Joseph Franklin Smith who has been charged with the murder. Smith is currently in Yuma County Jail and awaits extradition to Imperial County.