By Erin Smith
After more than two years, an Elizabethtown murder case involving an illegal farm worker remains unsolved. The crime happened in June 2016 and investigators say they are still following leads related to the crime.
“It remains an active case,” said Lt. D. Cheshire. “We’ve got some people we suspect, but nothing we can substantiate.”
Lt. Cheshire said the case remains open and investigators continue to follow any leads and tips they receive.
The murder ocurred in June 2016 at 902 Church Street in Elizabethtown and appears to have been the result of a home invasion-type of robbery, according to investigators. The victim, Blandio Nolasco Morales, who was 24 years old at the time, was working as a farm laborer. According to Lt. Cheshire, Morales was from a small village named Amatenango de la Frontera, in Chiapas which is located in Mexico near the Guatemala border. Morales was residing at the 902 Church Street residence temporarily while he was doing seasonal work for Blue J. Farms.
Lt. Cheshire said other individuals may have resided in the house along with Mr. Morales at the time the murder ocurred, but they had left by the time law enforcement arrived.
“They were all undocumented and only one person came back—his brother,” said Lt. Cheshire.
Morales’ brother identified the body, according to Lt. Cheshire.
Lt. Cheshire said what makes these types of cases difficult to solve is the fact that everyone involved is undocumented. He said they are often reluctant to speak with law enforcement because they are fearful of being deported.
“We’re still working on it,” said Lt. Cheshire.
Lt. Cheshire asks, if anyone has any information regarding the murder of Mr. Morales, contact the Elizabethtown Police Department at 910-862-3125.