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Archive for Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Car found near Tonganoxie linked to Florida murder

Officers in Leavenworth County search for a murder suspect Tuesday night after his car was abandoned southeast of Tonganoxie.

August 19, 2008, 1:57 p.m. Updated August 19, 2008, 3:28 p.m.

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Ricardo Castro, also known as Manuel Ortez Orceoga. Handout from Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office.

Ricardo Castro, also known as Manuel Ortez Orceoga. Handout from Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office.

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.

Comments

iMaMoM 6 years, 5 months ago

Yeah, I kinda thought the same thing, but I guess if they did that to every person that came through that was short on change, it would probably add up pretty quickly! Another alternative would of been for my son to have called someone and said 'hey....bring me a dime'!!!

KEITHMILES05 6 years, 5 months ago

Nine cents or nine dollars. Why must society take care of deadbeats?

iMaMoM 6 years, 5 months ago

Well, if he didn't pay the toll on the turnpike he will definitely be captured!! They are serious about collecting that money! About a year ago my son went out to the McDonald's on the turnpike, upon returning into Lawrence, he realized he only had 16 cents in his pocket.....9 cents short of the required 25 cent toll. They had him pull aside and wait for a State Trooper to come and issue him a ticket. He forgot about the court date and the next day a warrant was put out for his arrest. The officials were visiting and calling his place of employment, stopping by family members and friends homes looking for him. He ended up having to go out to the jail and turn himself in, post bond and was issued another court date. I realize the warrant was for 'failure to appear', but it all 'snow-balled' from a 9 cent shortage at the toll booth!!I don't mean to make light of the situation, I hope that this person is captured quickly and returned to Orange County Florida.

Hawk6643 6 years, 5 months ago

One time I went through the Lecompton toll booth coming back from Manhattan. It was probably about 1 in the morning and the lady in the booth was asleep! Needless to say after trying to get her attention I just left.

aeroscout17 6 years, 5 months ago

"Somebody better go back to town and get a s**tload of dimes!" Sorry couldn't pass up the similarity to the scene in "Blazing Saddles."

iMaMoM 6 years, 5 months ago

This guy traveled quite a ways driving a stolen car of a murder victim.

iMaMoM 6 years, 5 months ago

Im glad they posted a photo, he looks a lot different than I had visualized from the description given!

purplesage 6 years, 5 months ago

KeithMile - 9 cents or 9 dollars??? How much of our of tax money did those idiots spend searching down this desperado? I'll never understand the mind(less) set of the legal system and law enforcement. An, BTW, it is ridiculous to write somebody a ticket over nine cents. On the other hand, there's no excuse for "forgetting" a court date. That never ends well. They have all the power.

iMaMoM 6 years, 5 months ago

purplesage (Anonymous) says: On the other hand, there's no excuse for "forgetting" a court date. That never ends well. They have all the power.I agree completely! He was 18 at the time, so it was a valuable life lesson for him.

crane13 6 years, 5 months ago

9 cents? you'd think the toll booth operator could spot him a dime, they make 15 bucks and hour

iMaMoM 6 years, 5 months ago

Hawk6643 (Anonymous) says: One time I went through the Lecompton toll booth coming back from Manhattan. It was probably about 1 in the morning and the lady in the booth was asleep! Needless to say after trying to get her attention I just left.That's a pretty dangerous place to be falling asleep!

webmocker 6 years, 5 months ago

The burning question of the day is: Why drive to the McDonald's on the turnpike (about 11 miles RT from the East Lawrence exit) when there's one on 6th Street (about 5 miles RT from the East Lawrence exit)?

Charlie Bannister 6 years, 5 months ago

Here is another line of thinking no one has talked about. Why do we even have to have toll roads in the first place? I know, I know, it pays for the road upkeep. I thought that was what the fuel taxes were for. Sure provides a lot of jobs for KTA folks I guess. Truck driver here and I just despise toll roads. Just another way of a zillion others of getting in our pockets.

Steve Jacob 6 years, 5 months ago

"On the other hand, there's no excuse for "forgetting" a court date. That never ends well. They have all the power."Unless you play basketball for KU.

Crossfire 6 years, 5 months ago

The Turnpike Micky-D'z has those Really Happy (dime-bag) Meals. Well worth the drive. M-m-m-m- Munchies.

Allan 6 years, 5 months ago

"Ricardo" worked as a construction worker with us a little over 7 years ago. It's pretty wild if it's the same guy. He was originally from Guatemala, he had a wife and kids there. He also worked part time as a meat slicer at a local buffet. He was a hard worker and a nice guy but his english was terrible.;-] I don't seem to recall his eyes being "striking" though;-]

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