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Man arrested for murder of pregnant St. Lucie County woman: Sheriff

Posted: 4:46 PM, Sep 21, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-22 09:39:09Z
Man arrested in pregnant woman's murder
Man arrested in pregnant woman's murder

The St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office has arrested a suspect in connection with the murder of a pregnant woman and her unborn child.

Deputies arrested Jose Antonio Soto Escalera Friday afternoon.

On Aug. 24, the body of 23-year-old Tania Wise  was found in a ditch in northwest St. Lucie County along Russo and Johnston roads.

Sheriff Ken Mascara said Escalera was the father of the unborn child.

The sheriff said he was armed with an automatic handgun when he was arrested.

Investigators have not yet learned of a motive.

This is a developing story and will be updated.