Crime

Two men were found dead in a car in September. Now, police have made an arrest.

Rosario Diaz-Barraza has been charged with evidence tampering in connection with a double murder last September in Lexington.
Rosario Diaz-Barraza has been charged with evidence tampering in connection with a double murder last September in Lexington. Fayette County jail

A man was charged in connection to a double murder in Lexington after records showed he was in the same location as the victims’ cellphones on the date and at the time of the homicide, according to court documents.

Jose Olascoaga and Marco Antonio Tunai Ortiz were found dead Sept. 14 in a vehicle in the 400 block of Blue Sky Parkway, after a family member looking for one of the missing men reported seeing a human hand in the trunk of a car on the property, according to court records.

Police determined that the two men were seen alive three days before their bodies were discovered, according to court records. Detectives found that their cellphones transmitted signals at the crime scene but then traveled away from there together, according to court records.

Olascoaga and Ortiz’s cellphones weren’t found with their bodies, records show.

In December, detectives found a witness, who said that on Sept. 11, Rosario Diaz-Barraza entered and left a building on Blue Sky Parkway where the two men are thought to have been killed, court documents show. The witness said he saw Diaz-Barraza leave the building with multiple cellphones, according to court records.

The witness’s story was corroborated by surveillance video, according to court records.

Nothing in police records indicates how the victims were moved from the building to the vehicle.

Detectives found that Diaz-Barraza’s cellphone transmissions followed the same path as the victims on the same date and time of the killings, according to police records.

The cause of the men’s deaths has not been disclosed.

Diaz-Barraza was arrested Wednesday night in New York City on a charge of evidence tampering, court documents show. He is being held in the Fayette County jail. Bond was listed as $1 million.

Mike Stunson: 859-231-1324, @mike_stunson

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