Brothers Accused Of Murder 25 Years After Farmer Found Still-Unidentified Man’s Headless, Handless Body In Field

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Source: National Missing and Unidentified Persons System; UNSPLASH

Feb. 1 2023, Published 10:35 a.m. ET

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Two suspects from Ohio were arrested in connection with the cold case murder of a man whose headless and handless body found in a cornfield over 25 years ago, authorities in Michigan announced.

The U.S. Marshals service recently took into custody Richardo Sepulveda, 51, of Cincinnati, and Michael Sepulveda, 49, of Toledo, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said, the Daily Telegraph reported.

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The two brothers were each charged with first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, assault with intent to main, conspiracy to commit assault with intent to main, tampering with evidence, and conspiracy to commit tampering with evidence.

On Nov. 19, 1997, a farmer near Blissfield Township found the remains of the unclothed victim, whose identity is still unknown.

According to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs), the victim is believed to be a light-skinned Hispanic male between 20 and 40 years old. He was around 5’8” and weighed about 150 pounds.

“Per a witness the victim's name is possibly Roberto,” NamUs notes. “He was married with children and had a house where he raised chickens between McAllen and Weslaco, Texas. When ‘Roberto’ left home, he was supposed to be traveling only to Chicago and then back.”

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The Sepulveda brothers were expected to be extradited to Lenawee County, Michigan.

If convicted of the murder charges against them, the suspects face up to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Authorities have not said how they identified the two brothers as suspects in the case.


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