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Published On: Sun, Oct 29th, 2017

Cold Case: Jose Hernandez-Portillo, missing since 2016, identified as ‘remains’ found in Maryland park

Police said Thursday that the human remains found at Quiet Waters Park have been identified as Jose Hernandez-Portillo, a 22-year-old Annapolis man who was first reported missing in 2016.

Hernandez-Portillo is believed to have been murdered by a violent gang.

Jose Hernandez-Portillo

Anne Arundel police said spokesman Lt. Ryan Frashure the skeletal remains discovered in August at the Annapolis area have been confirmed by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore to be Hernandez-Portillo, who was first reported missing on March 11, 2016, was killed in a gang-related attack.

Police did not say whether someone was charged in his death.  Police had responded to a tip to search a wooded area in the park.

He added Hernandez-Portillo was one of the three homicides cited by county police Chief Timothy Altomare in an Oct. 6 press conference. At that briefing, Altomare said at the time all three had died as a result of gang violence but declined to identify the gang.

FBI spokesman David Fitz said the FBI is assisting in the investigation into Hernandez-Portillo’s death.

Police have charged four men and one woman in the beating death of Jenni B. Rivera Lopez, 21, of Annapolis, whose body was found in a secret grave in Crownsville in September. Law enforcement officials in Maryland said her death fit the pattern of homicides attributed to MS-13, a gang that preys on the Hispanic/Latino immigrant population.

Several other Hispanic families from Annapolis have reported their teenagers or family members missing this year.

Police are still searching for Neris Bonilla-Palacios, 17, who was last seen Aug. 5, and David Rivera, 16, who was last seen Aug. 29.

The two-year-old case of Javier Rodriguez, 18, who was last seen Aug. 7, 2015, is also still open.

Police are asking anyone with information to call them at 410-222-4731 or contact Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.

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- Roxanne "Butter" Bracco began with the Dispatch as Pittsburgh Correspondent, but will be providing reports and insights from Washington DC, Maryland and the surrounding region. Contact Roxie aka "Butter" at [email protected] ATTN: Roxie or Butter Bracco

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