Police confirm the identity of remains found at Moon Cemetary

According to investigators, the remains have been identified as Oralia Mendoza.

Posted: Jun 27, 2018 1:53 PM
Updated: Jun 27, 2018 6:33 PM

Madison County Sheriff's Office held a press conference on Wednesday concerning remains found. 

According to investigators, the remains have been identified as Oralia Mendoza. 

Mendoza's 13-year-old granddaughter, Mariah Lopez's remains were found on Jun. 7th in Owens Cross Roads. 

Officials tell WAAY 31, the bodies were found a week apart. They do believe the grandmother was killed first. 

Two men have been charged with Lopez and Mandoza's death. 

Yoni Aguilar, 26, and Israel Palomino, 34, are both charged with Capital Murder of Lopez and Mandoza. 

Palomino was initially booked on drug charges and later charged with Capital Murder. 

According to authorities, Aguilar was an undocumented immigrant and Palomino was in the US on a green card. 

Investigators say, Lopez and Mandoza died from sharp force injury wounds. 

Authorities don't believe there are any other suspects. 

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