In a classic case of "Local Boy Makes Bad," the FBI announced on March 17 that Idaho triple-murderer Jorge Alberto Lopez-Orozco has cracked its national "Ten Most Wanted Fugitives" list. With the promotion, the 28-year-old fugitive has increased his value-or at least the value of information leading to his prosecution-from a meager $5,000 to a downright snitch-worthy $100,000. The downside: More publicity for Lopez-Orozco means more local airtime spent revisiting a particularly tragic and unnerving slaughter.
Lopez-Orozco has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder in connection with the shooting deaths of his former girlfriend, Rebecca Ramirez, and her two young sons, ages two and four. On August 11, 2002, his victims were found in a car on a remote road in Elmore County, all three burned beyond recognition. Each had been shot prior to the burning. The last time any were seen was on July 30, when they left Ramirez's father's home in Nyssa, Oregon, with Lopez-Orozco. Supposedly, Ramirez had discovered that Lopez-Orozco was married with multiple children and was planning to end the relationship.
Lopez is described as five feet, seven inches tall, 175 pounds and has brown eyes and black hair. He has familial connections in Southern California and Mexico, and is thought to be traveling with his wife, children, brother Simon Lopez-Orozsco and Simon's common-law wife, Maria Garcia. Both are wanted on charges of being accessories to murder. Lopez-Orozco has been known to use the imaginative alias of Raul Solario, and is considered armed and extremely dangerous. Anyone with information is advised to contact the nearest FBI office, in Salt Lake City, at (801) 579-1400.