Suspect who killed San Diego native arrested in Southern Oregon

The man who killed Portland, Oregon-born Ramona earlier this month was arrested Friday after a nationwide warrant was issued.

Jose Caraballo, 43, the boyfriend of Kathryn Muhlbach, 27, was arrested for second-degree murder after Muhlbach’s body was found at Powell Butte Nature Park in Oregon.

Muhlbach moved to Portland with her boyfriend Caraballo in 2021 to start a moving company, according to friends and family.

“They were really in love,” said Muhlbach’s best friend, Domonique Hopkins. “She absolutely loved and adored him, and he adored her.”

Despite their affection, Hopkins also sensed danger.

“I was always afraid for her,” she said.


Caraballo was booked into the Jackson County Jail and will be transferred to Multnomah County at a later date.

NBC 7’s Dave Summers spoke with the victim’s best friend and sister.