Douglas County Releases New Information on May 2011 Homicide
Francisco Alejandro Lopez-Gonzalez, Photo Courtesy Douglas County Sheriff's Office
Alondra Acevedo, Photo Courtesy Douglas County Sheriff's Office
Manuel Acevedo, Photo Courtesy Douglas County Sheriff's Office
The Douglas County Sheriff's Office now says skeletal remains found buried in a shallow grave in a backcountry area of the county are part of a homicide investigation.
Sheriff's Deputies say Francisco Alejandro Lopez-Gonzalez flew from his home in Minnesota to Reno in May 2011 to meet an acquaintance, Manuel Acevedo also known as "El Ranas" who owed him money.
Deputies say Lopez-Gonzalez arrived in Reno on May 28, 2011 and was supposed to return home the next day but never got on the flight. He was reported missing and February 22, 2012 his remains were found.
An autopsy was done confirming Lopez-Gonzalez had been murdered.
Deputies met with Acevedo, the person Lopez-Gonzalez was supposed to meet with here in Reno. During the interview, Acevedo said he did meet with Lopez-Gonzalez in Reno but didn't know where he went after that. Deputies also say Acevedo denied any knowledge of or role in Lopez-Gonzalez's murder.
Two days after that interview with deputies, Acevedo reportedly fled to Mexico. He's since been seen in Tijuana, Mexico and other surrounding areas.
Acevedo originally called Douglas County investigators and promised to return to the U.S. for a second interview but has now ceased contact with investigators.
Acevedo's wife, Alondra Acevedo also known as "Alondra Martinez-Diaz" was also cooperating with deputies but recently moved and deputies say she now seems to be avoiding contact.
The Acevedos have family in Reno, Carson City, Southern California and Mexico. Both are wanted for additional questioning.
Alondra was last seen driving a white, 1993 Honda sedan with Nevada license plate 019XTJ.
If you know anything about their whereabouts or this homicide, please call DCSO Investigator Chrzanowski at (775) 782-9907 or Douglas County Secret Witness at (775) 78-CRIME. A $10,000 reward is being offered.
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