BREAKING: Suspect arrested for Martinsburg murder was illegal immigrant wanted for multiple assaults

13 May 2024- A man described by authorities as a failed asylum seeker in Canada and awaiting a court date in the United States is now facing charges of murder and assault in Berkeley and Jefferson Counties, WV, respectively.

Members from the Berkeley and Jefferson County sheriff’s offices and prosecutors offices held a press conference this morning to address the finding of a body in a field off Golf Course Road in Martinsburg back on May 6th. BCSO says that at 9:30am, 911 calls were received about a couch fire on Golf Course Road in Martinsburg. Shortly after fire crews put out the fire, a deceased body was found and multiple law enforcement offices were called in to investigate.

At this time, the decedent has not been identified by name, but investigators say that a female that was supposed to be on home confinement in Jefferson County has been missing for a period of time. Through GPS trackers due to the confinement, the BCSO and WVSP were able to piece together a suspect in the disappearance and later murder, that being David Calderon, aged 46.

Calderon was stopped at the US/Canada border in March of 2023, where he had applied for asylum from his native of El Salvador. This asylum was denied by Canada and he was subsequently turned over to US Customs and Border Patrol. He was released due to no asylum seeker beds being available and given a court date of May 2024, which he will be seemingly not making.

Calderon was charged with malicious assault as a result of an incident on April 10th of this year in Jefferson. He is also a suspect, BCSO say, in an April 26th malicious assault. He has since been detained by police in Frederick County, Virginia as of May 8th. He is currently awaiting extradition to West Virginia on the assault and murder charges.

Multiple members of law enforcement and the prosecutorial team directly attacked national border policy, saying this was a preventable tragedy.

Matt Harvey, prosecuting attorney in Jefferson County, WV bluntly said, “This should have never gotten this far”. Harvey continued, saying “we have a broken border policy in America, and the leaders in Washington need to do something. Our streets are flooded with fentanyl, and our streets are under attack.”

The identification of the deceased victim found in Martinsburg will be definitively identified once DNA results are made available.