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Fredericksburg police are looking for two men who may have information about the victim in Wednesday's possible homicide
Date published: 7/27/2012
Fredericksburg police are looking for two men who they think may have information about the victim in Wednesday's possible homicide.
According to Fredericksburg Police Department spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe, police would like to speak to Leonardo Martinez also known as "El Jarocho" and Juan Gonzales.
"They are not suspects," Bledsoe said. "We're hoping they can provide us with some information. They may have information that they don't know is important."
Both men are in their 50s and are known to reside in "La Montaña," the name that people in the Hispanic community use to refer to a homeless camp in the woods where 43-year-old Armando Escobar's body was found inside of a tent just after 10 a.m. Wednesday morning. (Montaña is Spanish for mountain.)
That makeshift camp is about a three-minute walk from the end of Roffman Road behind the Central Park Townhomes in Fredericksburg.
There were about six abandoned mattresses and tents strewn around Wednesday afternoon, and the area was littered with trash and beer bottles.
Police have not released the manner of death, but have said there were "obvious signs of trauma."
A twin-size mattress left at the scene appeared to have a fresh bloodstain. No suspects have been taken into custody, Bledsoe said.
Police spent much of Thursday talking to people in and around the town home community looking for clues.
They spoke to Martinez Wednesday after coming upon him along one of the trails in the woods, but have been unable to locate him since. He is described only as having a thin moustache.
Gonzales is described as dark-complected with no facial hair. He frequently wears a white button-up collar shirt and khaki pants, Bledsoe said. He also has ties to the Westmoreland County area, she said.
Escobar was known to live in and around the Bragg Hill area since 2008, Bledsoe said. Police do not know how long he had been homeless, but a neighbor said he believes the man has lived in the woods behind the town homes for more than a year.
Bledsoe said he was well-known and well-liked in the neighborhood, particularly in the Hispanic community.
"Many tears were shed during the interview process," Bledsoe said.