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The husband of Salvadoran journalist Karen Turcios has been arrested for her April 16 murder, the National Civilian Police (PNC) said in a press conference on Tuesday.

PNC chief Howard Cotto told reporters that Mario Huezo was taken into custody Monday night on one count of aggravated murder in San Salvador after the Attorney General's Office - which had "gathered enough evidence to determine that he was the perpetrator of the femicide" - issued a warrant for his arrest.

"The evidence gathered from the surveillance video proves that Huezo lied in his version of his wife's disappearance on the Saturday of the event," Cotto said.

Further contradictions in Huezo's statements when he went to identify the body, as well as "many other elements, demonstrate (his) culpability," the police chief said.

The La Prensa Grafica newspaper early on April 17 denounced Turcio's disappearance, reporting that her husband said he had left their home with their son and claimed that "she was not there" when they came back, prompting him to "text and call her, to no avail."

Turcios' body was found between six and eight hours after her death on a roadway in Santa Rosa Cuachipilin, a town in the western province of Santa Ana, showing "signs of strangulation" and with "two plastic bags wrapped around her head."

Huezo is currently awaiting trial.