Clewiston man facing murder charge in wife’s death caught in Cuba

Published: January 17, 2022 3:29 PM EST

Deputies say that a Clewiston man who is accused of killing his wife was returned to Hendry County from Cuba.

U.S. Customs took Rafael Montejo-Luna, 57, into custody on Dec. 16, 2021. Due to an arrest warrant out for him by the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office, Montejo-Luna was returned to the United States. He was returned to the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office on Jan. 10.

Montejo-Luna’s arrest warrant was first issued on Nov. 3, 2021, after he failed to meet with law enforcement despite agreeing to do so. Hendry County deputies wanted to speak with Montejo-Luna about the death of his estranged wife, 57-year-old Aleyda Garcia.

Hendry County deputies had responded to Garcia’s home on Apr. 24, 2021, after her son called the sheriff’s office requesting someone check on his mother. He hadn’t been able to get in touch with her.

When Garcia didn’t answer the door, authorities entered the home. That’s when they found her, dead.

Investigators later found out that Garcia and Montejo-Luna were in the middle of a divorce. Previously, deputies had responded to multiple calls at the former couple’s residence due to arguments between them.

HCSO made multiple attempts to contact Montejo-Luna after the death of his estranged wife, without any results.

Montejo-Luna is currently being held at the Hendry County Jail on a $500,000 bond.