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Prime Suspect In Death Of Laura Garza To Be Indicted

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Michael Mele (Photo/Associated Press), Laura Garza (Photo/Personal Photo)

Michael Mele (Photo/Associated Press), Laura Garza (Photo/Personal Photo)

NEW YORK (CBS 2) – The prime suspect in the disappearance and death of a Brooklyn woman two years ago is finally being indicted.

From day one, police have had their eye on Michael Mele in the death of Laura Garza, CBS 2’s Hazel Sanchez reported on Tuesday.

Garza was last seen alive leaving Manhattan’s Club Marquee with Mele in December of 2008. The two were later spotted together in Newburgh — not far from Mele’s home in Middletown.

Mele, a convicted sex offender, was arrested on an unrelated charge that December. Police said he never cooperated with the investigation into Garza’s death.

Garza’s family had lead massive search parties and hung on to hope they would find the 25-year-old aspiring dancer.

In April of this year, a group of teens riding ATVs in a wooded area near Scranton, Pa., discovered skeletal remains. A DNA analysis confirmed they belonged to Garza.

Garza’s body and a trail of evidence was found just 65 miles from Mele’s Middletown apartment. The case went to a grand jury and now Mele will face charges in Garza’s death.

More information is expected to be released Wednesday when the Orange County District Attorney’s office will hold a press conference to discuss the latest developments in the case.

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