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Reno man sought for questioning in Douglas homicide

Authorities are looking for a Reno man in the death of a 40-year-old Minnesota man whose skeletal remains were found in February in a drainage wash in the backcountry of Douglas County.

Sgt. Jim Halsey said Friday that Manuel Acevedo, 34, of Reno is a person of interest in the investigation of the death of Francisco Alejandro Lopez-Gonzalez.

Lopez-Gonzalez was reported as a missing person out of Brooklyn Park, Minn., in June 2011. His remains were found partially buried in a natural terrain drainage wash in the northeast backcountry area of Douglas County.

According to reports, Lopez-Gonzalez had come to the area to visit Acevedo, whose current whereabouts are unknown.

Lopez-Gonzalez was a part-time cook and construction worker in Minnesota. He was born in Mexico, but had legal status in the United States. He was married with two children.

Authorities estimated the victim was killed shortly before his family reported him missing. He did not have a criminal record.

His remains were found late Feb. 21 by a woman who was riding her horse near Sunrise Pass Road in the Pine Nuts.

Halsey said Acevedo drives a 1993 Honda two-door sedan with Nevada license plate 019XTJ.

Secret Witness is seeking information on Acevedo's whereabouts.

Anyone who may have seen the two together or persons who have information regarding Acevedo's whereabouts or the vehicle is asked to call Investigator Nadine Chrzanowski at 775-782-9909 or Secret Witness at 782-7463.


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