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Body found inside Texas home may be connected to gruesome double homicide

October 5, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Body found inside Texas home may be connected to gruesome double homicide

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Body found inside Texas home may be connected to gruesome double homicide

Texas authorities have recovered a body in a missing-person case that may be linked to a grisly double homicide in Arlington in September.

Police in Fort Worth received a tip about a vacant residence from Arlington police. While looking into the matter, they discovered a body inside the home.

Detectives had previously identified a link between the Arlington murders and a Fort Worth missing-person case stemming from July, according to KXAS-TV (NBC5).

A Tarrant County medical examiner’s vehicle was at the scene, and police wearing gloves and face masks were coming and going from the house.

The medical examiner will ascertain the identity of the victim and how he or she died.


Neighborhood residents said authorities had been at the home since Tuesday.

The house had recently been put on the market, and a neighbor told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that someone was working — and living— at the home in recent months.

The home’s Zillow listing showed that an offer was made on the property last week.

Two individuals have already been connected in connection with the Arlington case after a severed head was found near AT&T stadium in September and two sets of remains were discovered in shallow graves behind a nearby residence.

The Arlington Police Department Fugitive Team has arrested Hector “Cholo” Acosta-Ojeda in connection with a double homicide last weekend

An arrest-warrant affidavit revealed Arlington police located a man’s head next to a sign that stated”La Raza Se Resreta y Faltan 4″ — roughly, “The race must be respected and four are left.”

The gruesome discovery was made after someone reported seeing human remains near a creek on September 2nd, NBC DFW reported.

Officials believe that the head was intentionally placed there so that a passer-by would find it.

The following day, authorities searched a residence and found remains belonging to 17-year-old Iris Chirinos and 27-year-old Erick Zelaya. Both victims were shot multiple times.

Police also arrested a second suspect identified as Mariano Sanchez, 18.

A man already in custody — Mariano Sanchez, 18 — who alleged to have information about the bodies gave authorities conflicting stories about what had taken place, but he said a man he knew as “Cholo” was the murderer.

He later identified a picture of 28-year-old Hector Acosta-Ojeda, aka “Cholo.”

Police took Acosta-Ojeda into custody on September 7th. He faces charges of capital murder and possession of marijuana and is being held at the Tarrant County jail on $1 million bail. He also remains in custody on an immigration detainer.

Sanchez was arrested for murder, as well as unrelated charges of drug-possession and attempted-burglary. He remains in the Tarrant County jail, with bail set at $51,000.

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