Arizona tipster leads to the arrest of NC man wanted in wife's death

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Nash County officials say Rexford Lynn Keel has been taken into custody in Arizona in connection to the murder of his wife. (Nash County Sheriff's Office)

NASHVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man accused of killing his wife was arrested Sunday during a traffic stop in Arizona after a multi-day manhunt, authorities said.

Nash County, North Carolina, Sheriff Keith Stone said 57-year-old Rexford Lynn Keel Jr. was arrested on the outskirts of Tucson, Arizona, by state troopers. Stone said someone in Arizona called a tip that the suspect had been seen on an Arizona interstate into his office, which then relayed the information to state police in Arizona.

Stone said at a news conference that he wanted to thank “the citizens for stepping up and reporting seeing something suspicious.”

Keel had a large amount of cash and a knife with him when he was arrested, Stone said. He said the truck he was driving was being searched.

Keel was listed as being held Sunday in the Pima County, Arizona, jail.

The Nash County Sheriff’s Office said it obtained an arrest warrant Friday accusing Keel of murder in his wife’s death. Investigators said he fled in a pickup truck, launching a multi-day manhunt.

His wife, 38-year old Diana Alejandra Keel, had gone missing on March 9. The body of the mother of two was found days later in Edgecombe County.

Stone said Sunday that it appears she died of multiple stab wounds.