A two-day extensive search by police of a vacant house in southwest Fort Worth led to the recovery of a body, officials said Wednesday.
Sources told the Star-Telegram that the body is that of a man and that the discovery is believed to be connected to last month’s slaying of a couple found buried in a shallow grave behind an Arlington house.
Officer Jimmy Pollozani, a Fort Worth police spokesman, said officers went to the home in the 6400 block of Woodway Drive on Tuesday after receiving a call from Arlington police, who said they had been tipped off about a missing person connected to that address.
He said the body was recovered from inside the house Wednesday.
The discovery comes one month after Arlington police uncovered the bodies of Erick “Diablo” Zelaya and his 17-year-old girlfriend, Iris Chirinos, in a shallow grave behind a house in the 200 block of Burton Drive.
Zelaya’s severed head had been found Sept. 2 near a man-made walking trail not far from AT&T Stadium. Near the head, police found a sign that read “La Raza Se Resreta y Faltan 4.” Loosely translated, the message appears to be, “The race, or group, must be respected and there’s only four left.”
Two men — Hector “Cholo” Acosta-Ojeda, 28, and Mariano Sanchez-Pina, 18 — were arrested in connection with the Arlington case. Acosta-Ojeda is charged with capital murder in connection with the couple’s slayings and Sanchez is charged with murder in connection with Zelaya’s death. Both remain in the Tarrant County Jail.
Documents indicate that the couple were both shot multiple times and that Zelaya was also cut with a machete.
Lt. Christopher Cook, an Arlington police spokesman, confirmed Wednesday that detectives investigating the double homicide received a tip about a missing man in Fort Worth and notified Fort Worth police.
“It was during the course of our investigation related to our double murder that a citizen came forward with information believing that a man had been killed in Fort Worth back in July,” Cook said.
SOURCE: DEANNA BOYD