Fugitive wanted for killing girlfriend is arrested after 11 years
A fugitive suspected of killing his girlfriend was arrested in Mexico after more than a decade on the run, with authorities saying his missing toe helped confirm his identity.
William Joseph Greer, 52, who landed on the U.S. Marshals’ most wanted list, was arrested in Nacajuca, Mexico, 11 years after his girlfriend Tammy Marie Esquivel was killed.
The U.S. Marshals Service learned of Greer’s location last week, and Mexican authorities were enlisted to help track him down.
Authorities, who dubbed Greer a “chameleon,” confirmed his identity by checking that he had a missing toe on his right foot - a unique characteristic that was widely publicized when he first went missing in 2006.
Upon his return to the U.S., Greer, who was indicted for murder in 2007, will be turned over to the Harris County Homicide Division.
“As we approach the 11th anniversary of Tammy’s murder, we hope that this arrest brings Tammy’s loved ones some sense of closure,” a U.S. Marshal said during a press conference Wednesday.
Esquivel was working as an exotic dancer to make ends meet after her husband hurt his back, CNN reported.
She met Greer on the job, and eventually separated from her husband before moving in with him.
On Dec. 19, 2006, Greer’s sons, who were 9 and 13 at the time, told authorities they heard Greer and Esquivel arguing before gunshots rang out.
Three days later, authorities found a pickup truck in a ditch in Liberty County, Texas, with the engine still running when Greer turned up partially naked and intoxicated.
He talked about how he loved Esquivel and mentioned a gun that “just went off” in a rant that was captured on a dash cam video.
Sgt. Paul Lasco acknowledged it was a confession, but said they lacked the evidence to charge Greer.
He was arrested for public intoxication, and fled shortly after posting bail.
Esquivel’s body has never been recovered.