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Reward offered in brutal killing

Jessica Cuffman • Jun 9, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Two suspects in the case, Misael Lopez, 24, and Hiram Emmanuel Lopez, 23, are thought to have fled the area May 31, two days before other migrant workers discovered the body of Daniel Jacinto Hernandez, 24.

Hernandez’s body was found face down in a pool of blood in the temporary housing unit he shared with the Lopez brothers on Baseline Road in New Haven Township, just south of Willard.

The suspects were last seen leaving the unit May 31.

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Warrants have been issued for their arrests in the theft of Hernandez’s vehicle, a silver 2004 Dodge Stratus with Virginia license plate ZR7459.

Huron County authorities believe the Lopez brothers are originally from Mexico but have ties to Florida and other states.

Huron County sheriff Dane Howard has asked for the public’s help in finding the two suspect and issued a statement Saturday offering a reward for information about the crime.

In investigating the death, detectives have run into a language barrier and had some issues with cooperation from potential witnesses, Howard has said.

Anyone with information about the case may call the sheriff’s office at 419-663-2828.

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