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’89 murder suspect extradited to Indiana

More than 20 years after a man suspected in a Steuben County murder fled to India, FBI officials returned him to Indiana on Saturday to face a murder charge, according to Steuben County Sheriff Tim Troyer.

Mahfuz Huq arrived at Indianapolis International Airport about 12:40 p.m. and was taken to the Marion County Jail where he was held on a 1989 murder charge. Huq had been in New Delhi in custody at Tihar prison pending his extradition to the U.S., Troyer said.

Huq, who is in his 40s, will be moved to the Steuben County Jail after a medical exam, the sheriff said.

“Due to Mr. Huq’s unknown medical care background while housed in a foreign prison system, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office is best equipped and staffed to take temporary custody of Mr. Huq for observations prior to his return to the Steuben County Jail,” Troyer said in a written statement.

Huq is accused of fatally stabbing 19-year-old Todd Kelley. Kelley’s girlfriend, who had previously dated Huq, found the body in Kelley’s home in Hamilton.

U.S. authorities said Huq, then 22, fled after Kelley’s death. The case had been featured on the television programs “Unsolved Mysteries” and “America’s Most Wanted.”

Huq, a naturalized U.S. citizen whose family is from Bangladesh, was arrested in New Delhi in February 2011, and he fought his extradition to the U.S.

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