• Rod Kackley

Ex-Detective Goes To Work, Hunts Daughter's Killer


Josephine Wentzel, a former police detective, is using all the skills she learned on the job in an effort to bring Raymond McLeod, the man she believes killed her daughter, Krystal Mitchell, to justice.

"I have to bring peace to my grandchildren," Wentzel said through tears. "I want them to know that Nana did everything possible to bring justice to the man responsible for the death of their mother.”

San Diego County law enforcement officials said Wentzel has generated leads for investigators as they search for McLeod. She has also helped spread the word of what has turned into an international manhunt on social media.

“Catching McLeod will not bring my daughter back, but would prevent this monster from killing someone else’s mother, daughter or sister,” Wentzel added.

On June 10, 2016, San Diego police officers responded to a 911 call of a woman not breathing inside a San Diego apartment.

The woman, later identified as 30-year-old Krystal Mitchell from Phoenix, Arizona, was pronounced dead at the scene by medics. Detectives from the San Diego Police Department’s Homicide Unit responded to the scene and determined that Mitchell was last seen alive with her boyfriend, Raymond McLeod.

Mitchell and McLeod, also from Phoenix, Arizona, had been in San Diego visiting friends.

McLeod is believed to have fled to Mexico after Mitchell’s death. He was last seen March 2017 in Guatemala.

The San Diego County District Attorney’s Office has charged McLeod with murder and a warrant has been issued for his arrest. Authorities are withholding details of the murder, but say there were signs of struggle at the murder scene.

“Raymond McLeod came to San Diego and committed a brutal crime,” said San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit. “McLeod fled San Diego and even the United States, however detectives in our Homicide Unit will continue working each and every lead in this case and will not stop until McLeod is behind bars.

Raymond McLeod is a former United States Marine who may have access to weapons. McLeod is a white male, 34-years-old, 5 feet11 inches tall, weighs 245 pounds, and has multiple, recognizable tattoos on both of his arms. McLeod also goes by the nickname of “RJ” but may be using the name “Matt” or “Mateo” in attempt to hide his identity. McLeod may have put on weight and is likely to have a beard.

Anyone with information on this murder or the location of Raymond McLeod is asked to call the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477, or log onto www.SDCrimeStoppers.org for information on how to send anonymous web and mobile app tips. Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward in addition to the U.S. Marshals Service who is offering a $10,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to an arrest in this case.

"He is charming, he is deceiving, he is a liar, Wetzel said of McLeod at a candlelight vigil for Mitchell in San Diego, “ and he is a viper.”

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