The Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office is searching for a suspect in a murder that occurred last Wednesday or Thursday in Orange County, Fla.
Leavenworth County Sheriff Dave Zoellner identified the suspect as Ricardo Castro, 50, who also goes by an alias, Manuel Ortez Orceoga.
A vehicle registered to the victim was found Sunday near 198th Street and Sandusky Road, which is east of Tonganoxie. The Orange County Sheriff's Office has issued a murder warrant for Castro's arrest, Zoellner said. Orlando is in Orange County.
Zoellner said property owners in that area reported the vehicle was abandoned in one of their fields. When officers investigated, they discovered the vehicle was stolen and belonged to the murder victim.
The Orange County Sheriff's Office has issued a murder warrant for Castro's arrest, Zoellner said. The victim - who was a girlfriend or at the very least an acquaintance of Castro's - apparently knew him by his alias. Fingerprints at the crime scene ultimately were linked to Castro, whose last known address is in Kansas City, Kan., Zoellner said.
The sheriff said that on Saturday, the suspect failed to pay the toll at the East Lawrence interchange on the Kansas Turnpike. The toll worker asked for the man's name and he presented identification with the name Manuel Ortez Orceoga. The worker asked the man to pull the vehicle over until a Kansas Highway Patrol officer arrived. Before the officer arrived, the man drove off. It is normal procedure to notify an officer when drivers can't pay a toll, Zoellner said.
It earlier was reported that the toll worker took down the vehicle's license plate information, but the worker did not, Zoellner said. However, the worker did see the vehicle turn north onto U.S. Highway 24-40-59. Highway 24-40 splits off Highway 59, and it heads to Tonganoxie.
The suspect, who is Hispanic, is 5-foot-3 or 5-foot-4, 140 pounds with slim build. He has dark hair and parts it in the middle, and has "striking green eyes," Zoellner reports.
Anyone with information about the case is encouraged to call the Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office, (913) 724-1313.