LAWRENCEVILLE - District Attorney Danny Porter said Friday he will sign a provisional warrant to begin the process of locating and extraditing Christian Vasquez, accused of murdering his 4-year-old daughter, concealing her body in an attic and fleeing to Mexico.
"The police have been in touch with the federal authorities to begin the process of bringing him back," Porter said.
Once those documents are signed by Porter, he said, federal authorities will work with Mexican authorities to locate Vasquez. Gwinnett will assume the cost of extraditing him back to Gwinnett to answer to charges he murdered his daughter by blunt force trauma to the head between Jan. 1 and Feb. 15, 2007.
The hard part now is finding the 23-year-old.
"We still have no idea where he might be," Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. David Schiralli said Friday.
Talk of Vasquez' extradition capped a surreal week marked by the macabre discovery of the Prisi Vasquez' remains in the attic of a home she shared with her father, Christian Vasquez; her mother, Amy Yesemia Ruiz; and a young sibling in early 2007. The family later moved to Mexico in April 2007, authorities say.
Police were tipped by a family member who recently had a phone conversation with Ruiz, 20, in which she revealed one of her children died of natural causes at her residence - 729 Stillwater Lane in Lawrenceville - and that Christian Vasquez hid the body in the house before they moved because they were afraid of getting in trouble for having the children in the country illegally.
On June 20, homicide investigators gained permission to search the residence, which is occupied by a unrelated tenant. There, authorities searched the attic and found the remains of the girl. An autopsy determined that the cause of death was homicide. Christian Vasquez was charged with one count of murder the following day.
Ruiz was charged Thursday with cruelty to children for allegedly failing to "provide or call for medical assistance" for her daughter following the alleged incident. Schiralli said family members told police she is headed back to the area.