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Report: Ex-Rancho Mirage Chamber of Commerce Chairman arrested in Honduras

Update 5/9/24

The U.S. State Department responded to our report with a statement, although details remained limited:

"We are aware of the reports of U.S. citizens arrested in Honduras. We are monitoring the situation but have no further comment at this time." 

Original Report 5/7/24

There are multiple reports that a former chairman of the Rancho Mirage Chamber of Commerce is now accused in a sex trafficking case in Honduras involving the disappearance of a college student in 2022.

William James Murdock was the director of merchandise of an appliance store in Rancho Mirage. We spoke with Murdock in Oct. 2021.

A source tells News Channel 3 that the reports about Murdock being arrested in Honduras are true. 

A photo included in multiple reports shows a man with his hands handcuffed over his face.  A close friend of Murdock believes it's a picture of Murdock.

The reports say Murdock, along with two other Americans, will face a preliminary hearing on Wednesday. 

News Channel 3 is reaching out to the state department in Honduras and through local Congressman Ken Calvert's office to see if we can get any additional information.

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