Man wanted in wife's murder captured in Arizona

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The husband of a slain Wilson Medical Center nurse was captured Sunday in Arizona and charged with first-degree murder in her death.

Authorities said 57-year-old Rexfrod Lynn Keel Jr. was arrested Sunday morning in Tucson, Arizona after a traffic stop on Interstate 10. Keel, who fled the state in a pickup truck, is accused of killing his wife, 38-year-old Diana Alejandra Keel, who went missing on March 9. 

He was taken into custody without incident, according to the Nash County Sheriff's Office. Deputies said Keel didn't make any statements after his arrest, but authorities did find "many" Wells Fargo receipts and a "large sum" of money on him, according to Chief Deputy Brandon Medina. 

Rexford Keel was taken to the Pima County Jail in Tucson, Arizona, Medina said. 

His wife's body was found Tuesday in rural Edgecombe County about 30 minutes from the couple's 208 Old County Home Road home in Momeyer less than two miles from Nash Correctional Institution. Her husband quickly became a person of interest in the case after he told investigators he last saw his wife on March 8 when she left with friends. He also told investigators that his wife would leave from time to time, according to officials. 

Authorities obtained an arrest warrant charging Rexford Keel with first-degree murder on Friday. 

Nash County deputies were called to Diana and Rexford Keel's home on March 9 after her 18-year-old daughter reported her missing. Diana's vehicle was still in the driveway. 

A state Department of Transportation worker who was not part of the search found Diana Keel's body, which had been dumped a few miles outside the town of Leggett between N.C. 97 and N.C. 33. The missing person case quickly turned into a homicide investigation after medical examiners attributed her death to foul play. The mother of two had worked as an emergency room nurse at Wilson Medical Center since 2017. 

Medina said the sheriff's office wanted to thank local, state and federal agencies as well as media outlets and residents who assisted in the efforts to find Rexford Keel.