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Gilroy police seeking suspect in city´s third homicide of year

December 26, 2013 6:21 am

Covered body behind crime scene tape (file)

A suspect remains at large Thursday morning after fatally wounding a woman Wednesday evening at his home in Gilroy, police said.

Officers responded to a home in the 8100 block of Kelton Drive at about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday after a family returned home and found a woman dead in a bedroom, according to police.

The family noticed their son, 21-year-old Ernesto Rodriguez, was missing from the home.

The victim, 21-year-old Alma Roque Ortega, does not live with Rodriguez. Police said Rodriguez was restrained from contacting Ortega by a restraining order issued to him from San Benito County in January.

Police believe Rodriguez is a suspect in the murder of Ortega and are asking for the public’s help locating him.

Rodriguez has no known access to any vehicles. He is possibly armed with a knife of other cutting instrument and should be considered dangerous, according to police.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or Gilroy police Det. Mike Bolton at (408) 846-0335.

The murder is the third in Gilroy this year.