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    CARROLLTON, Texas — A 19-year-old man was arrested Thursday on suspicion of tampering with evidence, as authorities continued their manhunt for a suspect in the death and subsequent burning of a University of North Texas sophomore.



    Donovan R. Young was arrested Thursday night, according to Carrollton, Tex, police Sgt. John Singleton. "They do not believe that he was involved in the murder at this time," Singleton said.


    Police have issued a murder warrant for the arrest of Ernesto Pina Reyes, a 20-year-old resident alien living in Denton, Texas, in connection with the death of Melanie Goodwin. Reyes remains at large.

    Surveillance video from a business near where the charred remains of Goodwin, 19, were found this week shows a man dragging a body from a car and igniting a fire, according to an affidavit released Thursday by Carrollton police. Investigators believe the man in the video is Reyes.

    Police were not releasing the video. Singleton, a police spokesman, said they considered it important evidence in Goodwin's death.

    In the video, a car matching Goodwin's pulls into the parking lot of electronic payment business TransTech Merchant Group around 4 a.m. Tuesday. A stocky man parks the vehicle and pulls a body from it to the spot where Goodwin's remains were found later in the day. The man then lights a fire, according to the affidavit.

    She was last seen at a Denton convenience store near UNT around 1:45 a.m. Tuesday. Another surveillance video showed her talking to a man with stocky build, wearing similar clothes as the man later seen in the Carrollton video.

    A salesclerk remembers the man asked a woman matching Goodwin's description for a ride. Investigators say the clerk remembers the two left the store together, the affidavit said.

    Before leaving, the man made and received phone calls from the convenience store's phone. Those were traced to a woman who identified the man as Reyes, her boyfriend. The woman said she saw Reyes Tuesday evening and noticed burns on his forearms and singed hair, authorities said.

    Authorities don't believe Goodwin and Reyes knew each other. They haven't ruled out an abduction in her case, since it's unclear what happened in the parking lot of the convenience store, Singleton said.

    Reyes has a criminal history that includes two 2005 convictions for burglary, for which he was sentenced to six months in jail, and a possession of marijuana misdemeanor conviction from this year, according to court records.

    Investigators have been unable to track down Reyes. They released a driver's license photo of him and asked that anyone with information on his whereabouts contact local police.

    More than 400 people mourned the loss of a Goodwin at a candlelight vigil Wednesday.

    Friends who attended the vigil said Goodwin, a sophomore at the University of North Texas in Denton, had an effervescent personality that "lit up the room" when she entered.

    'Everyone loved her'

    Goodwin was a performer and was going to college with the goal of perhaps working in television news some day, said Matthew Bobo, a family friend who has known her for more than a decade.

    "She was always wonderful," Bobo said. "Everyone loved her."

    Bobo said Goodwin's parents, Peggy and Glenn Goodwin of Arlington, last spoke to their daughter Monday afternoon and that all seemed well with her.

    They said they believe she was dating someone, but the family doesn't recognize the man in surveillance photos released by police as the "person of interest" -- later named as Reyes.

    "He's a stranger," Bobo said of Reyes.

    At 7 p.m., an eclectic crowd gathered at St. Andrew's United Methodist Church in southeast Arlington.

    "Melanie had a powerful impact," said Beth Evers, associate pastor at United Methodist Church of Keller. "Tonight we shall each light a candle to remember the light that Melanie was."

    A steady stream of friends and relatives visited Goodwin's south Arlington home earlier Wednesday. Goodwin graduated in 2006 from Arlington's Bowie High School and was studying radio, television and film at UNT, Bobo said.

    Goodwin was a fixture in high school theatrical productions at Bowie High and at Theatre Arlington. In February 2006, she played the fairy godmother in Theatre Arlington's production of Cinderella.

    What happened to her "is a mystery to us," Bobo said.

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    Melanie Goodwin, a sophomore at the University of North Texas, was last seen alive at a Denton convenience store about 1:40 a.m. Tuesday. Her burned body was discovered about nine hours later in Carrollton.

    SUSPECT
    Carrollton police issued an arrest warrant late Wednesday for Ernesto Reyes, 20, of Denton. He is wanted on suspicion of murder, police said in a news release. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Carrollton Police Department at 972-466-3322.
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    So sad......
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    DALLAS — A man accused in the death of a University of North Texas student two weeks ago was captured Tuesday in Mexico, Carrollton police said.

    Carrollton police said that U.S. and Mexican authorities took 20-year-old Ernesto Reyes into custody as he left a family member's house in the Mexican town of Celaya Guanajuato, about four hours northeast of Mexico City.

    The burned body of 19-year-old Melanie Goodwin was discovered on Sept. 25 near an office complex in Carrollton. A surveillance camera shows a man investigators believe is Reyes dragging a woman's body out of a car and setting it on fire.

    Goodwin had been seen earlier that morning at a Denton convenience store near UNT. Security videotape from the Denton convenience store showed a man believed to be Reyes, and he allegedly asked Goodwin for a ride.

    The Dallas County Medical Examiner said Goodwin died of multiple blunt force injuries.

    Donovan Young has been charged with tampering with evidence in the case. Young told police that Reyes arrived at his apartment with Goodwin's body and asked for help disposing of it, according to an arrest affidavit.
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    I read about this case not too long ago and am so glad that they found this loser. I feel really bad for her family but am glad as well since they caught him.
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