Alameda County Sheriff’s officials are asking for the public’s help in finding two suspects who are believed to be involved in the death of a man whose decomposed body was found down an embankment off of Niles Canyon Road in Fremont last week. Sgt. Scott Dudek said tonight that investigators used dental charts to determine that the body that was found on Aug. 26 was that of Francisco Lopez, a 27-year-old East Palo Alto man who was reported missing in February. Dudek said that at about 2 a.m. on Feb. 26, Lopez and his brother, Fernando Lopez, went to a house at 19123 Standish Ave. in unincorporated Hayward that had a large marijuana growing operation. Dudek said he believes the brothers simply wanted to buy some marijuana but “picked the wrong house” because the people there were suspicious of them and thought they were there to burglarize and steal marijuana plants. “It was not the smartest move and it proved to be fatal to Francisco Lopez,” Dudek said. It’s not acceptable in the drug world to show up at a marijuana house at 2 a.m. without anyone to vouch for you, he said. Both brothers were tied up at gunpoint and beaten severely, but when the suspects were in the process of moving them to another location, Fernando Lopez was able to escape, according to Dudek. Francisco Lopez, however, hadn’t been seen or hear from until his body was found, he said. On Aug. 23, Sheriff’s investigators obtained arrest warrants for four suspects in the case and accused them of murder and kidnapping. Miguel Michel, 41, was arrested on Aug. 24, and Tiburcio Sanchez, 24, was arrested on Aug. 25. But Dudek said 62-year-old Manuel Trujillo and 47-year-old Mohammed Kahn are still at large and are considered armed and dangerous because they know they have arrest warrants.Kahn, who is out of jail on $500,000 bail on a previous weapons and narcotics case, might have been seen in the area of International Boulevard and Hegenberger Road in Oakland in the last week, Dudek said. Trujillo lived in Hayward but has fled the area and might be staying in Sacramento, according to Dudek. He said there are three other suspects in the case, but investigators are still gathering information and haven’t yet obtained arrest warrants for them. He said warrants for the other suspects probably will be issued in a few weeks. Please call the Fugitive Watch hot line at 1-800-9-CAUGHT (1-800-922-8448) or text us at 408-355-0999 or CLICK HERE to send a confidential email tip, if you know Kahn’s location.
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