Cold case detective Steve Brown pours over the details surrounding the 2007 death of Luis Morales.
“The individual that did this was definitely very upset, very motivated at the time,” said Brown.
Morales, from South America, was living in a Whitehall apartment with eleven others.
He was found in the parking lot of the complex, the victim of a brutal attack.
“We suspect it was a machete, because there was known to be a machete in the residence, and that's gone. So, it stands to reason,” said Brown.
Police also said a machete would be consistent with the type of wounds the victim suffered.
Detectives faced obstacles right from the start of this investigation: there was a language barrier, they say everyone living inside that apartment was an undocumented resident at the time, and there was a general lack of cooperation as well.
Even through that, a person of interest surfaced almost immediately.
“Yeah, of all the people that lived there, one died, one disappeared,” added Brown.
The one that disappeared is Luis Pineda. Police are revealing his picture to the public for the first time in hopes somebody will recognize Pineda.
“We were pretty confident he was hiding from us, and we don't know if has since left the country, or if he's still in the area,” added Brown.
Police suspect there was drinking involved that night, but don't know what could have pushed someone to commit such an emotional crime. Every other person interviewed has been cleared.
“The only thing left to do is get in front of this one individual, Mr. Pineda, who we have not talked to yet,” added Brown.
The one person of interest who police believe has the answers they need to solve this murder.
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