Suspect identified in 2012 double killing in Southern Oregon

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) — A detective testifying in a drug trial in southern Oregon said investigators have identified a suspect in the deaths of two men who were found buried on a ranch more than four years ago.

Eric Shepherd is a former Klamath County sheriff’s detective now with Medford police. He identified Joaquin Lopez as the suspect in the double homicide that led to the large-scale drug bust known as Operation Trojan Horse.

The Herald and News reports that Shepherd disclosed the suspect’s name at the trial of Jose Buenaventura Vinals, who is being tried on drug and racketeering charges.

Shepherd testified that detectives worked with Vinals to obtain information about Lopez. Police believe Lopez fled the area after the killings.

The bodies of 32-year-old Everardo Mendez-Ceja (say-hah) and 38-year-old Ricardo Jauregui (how-reh-gee) were found in October 2012 outside Bonanza, Oregon.

Jauregui’s burned-out truck was found six miles away.

(Information from: Herald and News,

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