A 32-year-old man suspected of murdering a traveling companion in Ohio was arrested by Daly City police this week after a concerned citizen reported him, according to Daly City police Lt. Jay Morena.
Troy Estep had been considered a suspect after the body of Donald Barnett, 30, of unincorporated Springfield, Ohio, was found in a rural area of Clark County on May 13, Morena said. Barnett's family had reported him missing Feb. 25.
According to Morena, Clark County Sheriff's Office homicide detectives found that the two had planned to travel together to Miami in Barnett's vehicle. The vehicle was found abandoned weeks later in Georgia, with material inside bearing Estep's name, according to Morena.
A Daly City man in mid-October contacted police after befriending Estep in San Francisco's Castro District, Morena said.
The man ran a Google search on Estep and found he was a “person of interest” in the Ohio murder investigation, Morena said.
Daly City police arrested Estep during a “ruse” traffic stop in the city's Southern Hill neighborhood Sunday, according to Morena.
Estep allegedly admitted to his involvement in Barnett's death, Morena said, including to dumping his body in a wooded area of rural Clark County and fleeing Ohio in Barnett's vehicle, according to Morena.
Estep was extradited Wednesday morning from San Francisco International Airport to Ohio to face murder charges, Morena said.
— Bay City News