More than four years ago, deer hunters found skeletal remains scattered in a wooded area in Bourbon County.
Other than shell casings at the scene, investigators had little to go on. They eventually determined that the remains were of two men who had been beaten and shot in late summer or early fall 2005.
After hosting a bilingual news conference days after discovering the remains, they were able to identify the two men.
Now, less than a year after that development in the case, police made the first arrests in the deaths of Miniamin Osorio Lazaro, 19, of Oaxaca, Mexico, and Francisco Garcia Aldaba, 28, of Chihuahua, Mexico.
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Four Lexington residents were charged Wednesday, and more arrests are expected, Kentucky State Police said.
Ediel G. Cruz, 23, was charged with murder, kidnapping and first-degree robbery. Heather R. Grijalba, 22, Latasha N. Cruz, 21, and Patrick H. Noel, 50, were charged with kidnapping and first-degree robbery.
All four are being held at the Fayette County jail.
Lexington police assisted in the arrests but said the investigation was led by state police.
State police were vague on details that led to the arrest. They said the men were kidnapped and murdered but declined to release any other details.
The deer hunters found the remains on Nov. 13, 2005, while on a farm at 901 Stoney Point Road, less than 5 miles from the Clark County line. The bodies were found in the woods about a mile from the farm's entrance.
About 200 bones for each of the men were commingled in the area. State forensic anthropologist Emily Craig spent about two days at the scene.
The news conference was held in both English and Spanish five days after the bodies were found.
Tips from Spanish-speaking residents led investigators to the mothers of the two men. The women's DNA matched that of DNA taken from the men's bones.