MINDEN, Nev. (AP) - A $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the death of a Minnesota man whose body was found in a remote area of Nevada's Douglas County.
Francisco Alejandro Lopez-Gonzalez, 40, flew from Minnesota to Reno to meet with an acquaintance, Manuel Acevedo, concerning a debt, Douglas County sheriff's Sgt. Jim Halsey said.
Phone records confirm that he arrived in Reno on May 28, 2011. Lopez-Gonzalez was scheduled to return home the following day, but he never boarded his flight. Shortly thereafter, he was reported missing by his family.
Skeletal remains found Feb. 22 in a shallow grave by a backcountry traveler in northeast Douglas County were later identified as those of Lopez-Gonzalez. An autopsy confirmed that Lopez-Gonzalez had been killed, and his death has been ruled a homicide.
Halsey said Acevedo, also known as El Ranas, consented to an interview and acknowledged he met with Lopez-Gonzalez but denied knowing where he went afterward. He also denied involvement in Lopez-Gonzalez' death.
Two days later Acevedo, who is an American citizen, fled to Mexico, where he has been seen in and around the Tijuana area, Halsey said.
The sheriff's office said Acevedo phoned investigators a few times and promised to return for a second interview, but failed to show up and has ceased contact with investigators.
Halsey said Acevedo's wife, Alondra Acevedo, who also goes by the name of Alondra Martinez-Diaz, was initially cooperative but recently moved from her residence in Reno and canceled her cellphone service. She was last seen driving a white, 1993 Honda sedan with Nevada license plate 019XTJ.
Investigators say both Manuel and Alondra Acevedo have family in Reno, Carson City, Southern California and Mexico.
Anyone with information about the case are asked to call the Douglas County sheriff's office at 775-782-9907 or Secret Witness to remain anonymous at 775-782-7463.