California murder suspect arrested in Taos


Members of Taos Police Department and investigators with the Monterey County Sheriff's Office arrested a 42-year-old man wanted for murder in California earlier this month, Taos Police Chief David Trujillo confirmed on Thursday (Dec. 14).

Law enforcement arrested Dale Dean Pierce – one of several suspects in the alleged murder of California resident Remie N. Casillas – on Dec. 4 in the parking lot of a grocery store in Taos.

Casillas' remains were unearthed last year behind a gas station in Monterey. Following an autopsy, medical examiners determined her manner of death to be homicide, and investigators initiated a search for the suspects.

Pierce, originally from Texas, had contacts throughout various states, according to a press release from the Monterey County Sheriff's Office.

Investigators flew to Taos on Dec. 3 to conduct the operation in conjunction with Taos police.

Following his arrest, Pierce allegedly admitted to the "premeditated murder" of Casillas and provided investigators with what may be one of the weapons used in the crime.

Pierce was incarcerated in the Taos County Adult Detention Center, where he awaits extradition to California to face charges.