Peru seeks extradition of U.S. citizen in wife’s death

When Patricia Menendez of northern Peru buried her slain daughter, she vowed to seek justice in a case where evidence pointed toward a U.S. citizen from central Pennsylvania.

This week, Peruvian president Alan García signed documents seeking the extradition of former Paxtang resident William Trickett Smith II to the Andean country to face a charge of homicide in the death of Jana Claudia Gomez Menendez.

The body of the 21-year-old Peruvian woman was found stuffed inside a suitcase that washed up on a beach at Lima in mid-August of 2007, less than six months after she married Smith following an Internet romance.

"I am so happy. I feel that the fight that I started for justice for my daughter reached the right ears and has echoed on," Patricia Menendez said late Wednesday afternoon in a telephone interview from her home in Trujillo, Peru. "My family will not stop until William Smith pays for what he did."

Smith is incarcerated at the State Correctional Institution at Smithfield on unrelated charges.

News Source: Andina