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Chief Russ Roper
534 Washington Street
Montpelier, ID 83254
Work: 208-847-4237
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Feb 2, 2010

Arrest Made in Janet Abaroa Murder Case

Montpelier, Idaho - Montplier Police Department announced today the arrest of Raven Abaroa charged with murder in the April 2005 death of his wife, Janet Abaroa.

Abaroa, 30, of South 8th Street in Montpelier, Idaho was arrested February 2, 2010 at his home without incident. He was placed in the Caribou County (Idaho) Jail without bond. He is being held for extradition to North Carolina. The arrest was a joint operation by the Durham Police Department, the FBI Task Force, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI), the Montpelier (Idaho) Police Department, the Southeast Idaho STAR (Special Tactics and Response) Team and the Bear Lake County (Idaho) Sheriff's Department.

“This arrest is the result of hard and tenacious work by our investigators and a strong partnership with the FBI and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI). Investigators continued to follow leads and never gave up,” said Durham Police Chief Jose L. Lopez Sr.

“We are grateful for all the agencies that assisted in the arrest of Abaroa. When you have a suspect that dangerous you can never have enough help,” said Montpelier Police Chief Greg Butler.

Janet Abaroa, 25, was stabbed to death inside her home at 2606 Ferrand Drive on Tuesday, April 26, 2005. The Abaroas’ 6-month-old son, Kaiden, was uninjured. There were no obvious signs of a break-in, but a laptop computer was missing from the house.

In the hours before her death, Janet Abaroa, who was in the early stages of pregnancy, picked up her child at day care and went with her husband to drop her car off for repairs. The Abaroas met with a church member at their home that evening before Raven Abaroa left the house around 8:30 p.m. in a gray Dodge Durango to play in an indoor soccer game in Morrisville. Raven Abaroa told officers he found his wife when he returned home from the game around 11 p.m.