Plainview man allegedly killed his ex-girlfriend then fled the country

Adel Hussein, 44, was arrested at a motel in Mexico for the murder of his estranged, live-in girlfriend

The Sun-Gazette

PLAINVIEW – Police caught a Plainview man in Mexico last week who allegedly killed his girlfriend and then fled the country. 

On Jan. 9, U.S. Marshals, Imperial County Sheriff’s deputies and Mexican authorities found and arrested 44-year-old Adel Hussein in Mexicali, Mexico for the murder of Brittney Steenbergen, 36, of Plainview. 

Adel was found in a Mexicali motel and arrested without incident. Tulare County homicide investigators immediately traveled to Imperial County to interview Hussein. 

Prior to his arrest, Hussein was last seen in the Tipton area around 6 p.m on Dec. 31, about 90 minutes after one of their children called to report that their mother and father were missing. When deputies responded to the home in Plainview to check the welfare of the four children and to find out more about the missing parents, they learned there was a possible domestic violence incident that had occurred earlier in the week. Hussein was Steenbergen’s estranged live-in boyfriend and father of her four children. Also missing was the family vehicle, a dark blue 2007 Toyota RAV4 with California license plate number 5XNS883. 

The Sheriff’s Department announced on New Year’s Day that Steenbergen was missing and had not been seen since Dec. 28. Shortly after her disappearance turned into a possible homicide investigation, Imperial County Sheriff’s detectives found her body in a rural area of their county. The body was identified as Steenbergen two days later. 

Sheriff’s Log

Tuesday, Jan. 7
Detectives with the Sheriff’s Ag Unit arrested Denise Franks at her vacation home in Morro Bay, Calif. where she was being detained by Morro Bay Police. Franks was arrested on charges of embezzling more than $330,000 from her employer of 19 years, Best Agro Marketing in Traver following a three-month investigation that began on Sept. 23 when the company reported the embezzlement. Franks was also booked into the Adult Pretrial Facility on charges on grand theft and identify theft. Her bail is set at $75,000. Anyone with more information is urged to contact Detective A. Ellis with the TCSO Ag Crimes Unit at 1-800-808-0488 or anonymously at [email protected] or by text or voicemail at 559-725-4194.

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