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Two men sought in migrant worker death

Jessica Cuffman • Jun 9, 2013 at 7:42 AM

Misael Lopez and Hiram Emmanuel Lopez are identified as "persons of interest" in the death Sunday of 24-year-old Jaciento Daniel Hernandez, according to the Huron County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities have refused to release details in the death, citing the ongoing investigation.

This much is known: Hernandez's field boss and other crew members discovered a gruesome scene at about 10 p.m. Sunday night in his Baseline Road apartment in New Haven Township.

They went to check on him because they hadn't seen him since Friday, farm owner Ben Wiers told the Register.

Hernandez' body was facedown in a pool of blood, but deputies have not said how he was killed, despite the Lucas County coroner's office completing an autopsy Tuesday.

"We're waiting on the official report from the coroner," Chief Deputy Ted Patrick said Wednesday afternoon. "Deputies were at the autopsy and we have a pretty good idea of the manner of the death, but we aren't releasing that information."

Wiers said two other men were living with Hernandez in the temporary housing unit, one of the places where the farm's 500 migrant workers stay during the season.

It's unclear if the Lopez brothers were living with Hernandez. The pair may be driving a 2004 Dodge Stratus with Virginia license plate ZR459. It's a four-door, silver vehicle with a small dent above the passenger-side tail light, according to the sheriff's office.

The vehicle may also have a "flower design" plate holder.

Huron County Sheriff Dane Howard did not return multiple phone messages.

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