Nearly a month after the body of Sarah Goode was found in the woods in Medford, Suffolk police have made an arrest in the death of the Medford mother.
Dante Taylor, of Mastic, was arrested in Florida by Suffolk County Police Homicide detectives and U.S. Marshals on Thursday on an unrelated warrant, police said.
Taylor, 19, was transported to Suffolk County Police Headquarters in Yaphank, where he was charged Saturday with second-degree murder for killing Goode, who had a four-year-old daughter, police said.
Goode, 21, was reported missing by her sister on June 8, two days after she had last been seen watching a movie with friends. Goode’s car was found on Fire Avenue in Medford and days later, a member of a search party looking for Goode found her body in a thickly wooded area on Camden Court in Medford.
During an arraignment Saturday, prosecutors said Taylor had beaten and raped Goode before killing her and dumping her body, WABC reported.
Taylor served seven months in the U.S. Marine Corps. before being discharged for an undisclosed reason in April, according to a Newsday report.
LI Crimes: Nanny left 3-Year-Old in Hot Car, 'Distraction Burglaries' Strike, Man Drove Drunk and Hit Coworker
LI Crimes: Arrest Made in Hit-and-Run That Killed 13-Year-Old, Man Bites Cop