SAN DIEGO - A man accused of killing his toddler daughter in New Jersey was arrested in San Diego Tuesday, authorities said.
Authorities took 27-year-old Arthur Morgan III into custody around 4 p.m. at the 800 block of Euclid Avenue in Chollas View, said Omar Castillo, a spokesman for the U.S. Marshals Service.
Thirteen law enforcement agencies were on the hunt for Morgan after his 2-year-old daughter Tierra Morgan went missing on November 21, according to investigators.
A group of teenagers walking through Shark River Park in Wall Township, N.J. discovered the 2-year-old daughter's body still strapped in her car seat on Tuesday November 22, police in New Jersey said.
According to investigators, the victim was last seen Monday after being picked up by her father, Morgan for a court-approved visit. The pair reportedly never returned home which prompted the toddler's mother to call police and report her missing.
Morgan was charged with his daughter’s murder in Monmouth County and federal authorities have added a charge of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution in New Jersey’s U.S. District Court. State and federal arrest warrants were issued last Wednesday, the FBI alert said.
“This case is a priority. We are following up on every lead we have,” said First Assistant Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni.
Since Morgan has been on the lam, he had become the focus of a nationwide manhunt by federal, state, county and local authorities, and was featured on the website of America’s Most Wanted.
New Jersey authorities recently got information that the suspect might be staying with friends in San Diego and alerted marshals personnel, Castillo said.
Morgan was staying with Daniel and Kim Lewis in San Diego while he was evading authorities.
"I didn't know he was on the run, just figured he came home for Thanksgiving," said Kim Lewis. "We always kept in touch."
Friends said Morgan was born in New Jersey, but raised in San Diego. For the past seven years, he'd been living on the east coast.