More details revealed in cold case homicide arrest
SALEM, Ore. —
Salem Police have released more details in a cold case homicide arrest that occurred earlier this week in California.
Police say Fernando Cortez, who was 19 at the time, shot and killed 16-year-old Alfredo Lopez-Nabor outside a Circle K convenience store in Salem on May 9, 1998.
Salem Police were going to arrest Cortez in the days after the shooting, but he fled to Mexico. A detective was assigned to follow up on the case in 2008, and developed leads that Cortez likely moved back to the US and was living in California under a false name.
Cortez was arrested earlier this week in Oxnard, Cali. on murder charges. He's awaiting extradition to Oregon.