Family of potential victim in brutal 30-year-old cold case found in Monterey County

SEASIDE, Calif. — A nearly 30-year-old cold case is one step closer to being solved.

Monterey County residents Louisa, Reyna and Rosa Morales said all they have left from their brother, Alejandro Rodriguez, are some photos, his birth certificate and the letters he wrote them.

Rodriguez wrote these letters after leaving his home in Oaxaca, Mexico, when he was just
18 years old.

His sisters said he immigrated to the United States for a chance to make money to send back to his family. They said he worked as a field worker in Nampa, Idaho.

The last letter he ever sent them was on Oct. 24, 1991. His sisters said they had not heard anything about him until Thursday morning when a friend told Rosa that they saw his name on KSBW.

Rosa said her friend told her, “‘You need to call the police or something because they’re looking for your brother.’ I was in shock. I almost started crying because I said finally, it’s nice to hear something about my brother.”

Unfortunately, the first news about their brother was that he may be the victim of a gruesome murder.

The Mesa County Sheriff’s office did a missing persons search in early May and they found Rodriguez had recently been added.

They believe Rodriguez was the man who was found decapitated and stabbed to death in Grand Junction, Colorado, in 1992.

But they now need DNA evidence in order to be 100% certain.

Reyna, Rosa, and Louisa said they plan on providing police with a DNA sample to help bring closure to their family.

“A weight will be lifted if this is our brother. We’ve waited for him for so many years without knowing his whereabouts,” said Reyna. “If this is our brother, we will be happy to know that we have found him so we can give him a proper burial and my mother will rest her search for him.”

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office is working with the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office to collect the sample. If it does turn out to be Rodriguez, it could play a pivotal role in solving his murder.

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office said it will take several months to complete this type of DNA analysis.

This story originally appeared on KSBW.

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