Suspects still at large in rural Willard slaying

Brothers may have had two-day head start, sheriff says.
Scott Seitz2
Jun 17, 2013


The investigation into the recent murder of rural Willard resident Daniel Jacinto Hernandez continues to be the top priority for the Huron County Sheriff's Office.

Hernandez, 24, of 4012 Baseline Road, Apt. 3, was found stabbed to death June 2 at the apartment he shared with brothers Misael Lopez and Hiram Emmanuel Lopez.

The Lopez brothers are the persons of interest or suspects in the case.

Sheriff Dane Howard said the Lopez brothers might have fled the area in a 2004 Dodge Stratus which belonged to Hernandez.

A warrant has been issued for the Lopez brothers for theft of a motor vehicle.

Howard said Hernandez might have been murdered up to two days before his body was discovered by a farm field boss.

"That's important to know that these persons of interest could have had a two-day head start," Howard said. "That makes it that much tougher."

If the Lopez brothers fled to Mexico, extradition won't be easy, Howard said.

"We haven't confirmed they are there, but we understand the extradition process is extremely difficult," the sheriff said.

Detective Sgt. Josh Querin said officers expected to be in contact with Hernandez's family in Mexico soon.

"We've obtained the victim's family's phone number," Querin said, adding it was first believed the family resided in Oaxaca, Mexico, but it was later learned they lived in Veracruz, Mexico.

"We continue to follow up on leads," Detective Bill Duncan said.

"We've had about a dozen tips from callers," Querin said.

"We very much appreciate the tips," Howard added.

"We also believe, from the information we've obtained, the victim and persons of interest were not in this country legally," Howard said.

Howard said motive has not been established in the case.

"We believe strongly there are folks in the Willard area who can assist with this case, but who are either afraid to or chosen not to talk to us," Howard said.

The sheriff's office is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects.

"We believe the suspects have used Facebook and other social media, under other names, to contact other people in the Willard area," Querin said.

Querin said people in the Willard area are believed to have either current or past cell phone numbers of the suspects.

"We're still identifying new people to talk to," Duncan said.



Actually, if given the opportunity to remain here for purposes of employment(legally), polls do suggest that is a desirable goal on the parts of many illegals,and not just Hispanics. We have others who have jumped our borders, who if given the chance, would be more than happy to do what is necessary to remain here as citizens. But, not every person who comes here for the purposes of employment want to become citizens, i.e. the Polish, Czechs and others that Cedar Fair,Kalahari and the various hotels employ in our area.What do we do with them?They are here to work on visas-do we insist they become citizens? Or do we afford the same opportunity to the Latinos that come here for work? Let me explain. If you apply for a short term work visa, one of the requirements is to have an employer sponsor you-Cedar Fair,etc. This shortens the time frame of the application process considerably.Yet the majority of employers in this area(farms,nurseries,etc.) don't follow these rules. They hire on the Latinos first,then hope they don't have anyone from the Feds go through their employment records with a fine tooth comb and get caught. They should follow the same example that other employers are made to do. I have ALWAYS advocated for employers sponsoring and/or allowing workers work visas for a set period of time, requiring $$ to be put back for future petitions of citizenship, etc.if so desired.Also,only allowing a certain percentage of workers hired to be "temp" workers. That way the local economy wouldn't be overwhelmed by an influx of those who possess visas.If you can't find locals to fill the positions you have available, then you can apply for an exemption.People on welfare? Provide transportation as well as child care to these jobs and make it mandatory to work in some of these areas. I've worked right alongside many of the illegals on these jobs in the nurseries and greenhouses to provide food and housing for my family- it was hard but it was doable.And the wages were decent.After a hard day,coming home and seeing what I was doing for my family, having that paycheck and being able to support my family,I enjoyed a sense of pride and self worth that seems to be lacking in many people today. Just an idea.


What happened with the Hispanic guys that tried to abduct a little girl in Willard yesterday? Does anyone know if they caught them?


Does anyone ever wonder if these people are such low paid workers how they can drive Chevy Suburban's and Tahoe's? Check the price on a new one and they are $60,000.00. A used Tahoe goes for $40,000.00. Oh, and don't forget, the spinner rims can go for $5000.00. Are they making their money picking onions or doing other things? Rumor has it they get gas and vehicle credits from the government also. I wonder if the rest of us can get a gas and vehicle credit to work at RRD and MTD? You make the call.