By CBSLA Staff

PASADENA (CBSLA) — A 26-year-old parolee from Pasadena has been arrested in connection with the killing of a woman whose body was found in Pasadena’s Hahamongna Watershed Park last month, police said Thursday.

Adrian Robert Casey, 26, was taken into custody in New Mexico on suspicion of killing a woman in Pasadena. (BCSO)

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Adrian Robert Casey was taken into custody Nov. 26 in New Mexico on suspicion of stabbing 49-year-old Elena Ledford in the parking lot of a La Canada High School and leaving her body in the park across the street.

According to investigators with the Pasadena Police Department, Casey had a “familiar relationship” with the victim and left California “shortly after the murder.”

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Ledford worked at Union Station Homeless Services in Pasadena. Her coworkers have left flowers and a poster filled with condolences in the same spot where her body was found.

Casey is being held in New Mexico on a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation parole violation hold pending extradition. Details about his criminal record were not immediately released by police.

Ledford’s coworkers have started a GoFundMe page to remember someone who is remembered as a beloved coworker and community member. The money will go to Ledford’s 14-year-old daughter.

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