Quantcast

Midstate Mysteries: The man murdered near the bus stop - abc27 WHTM

Lancaster County

Midstate Mysteries: The man murdered near the bus stop

Posted: Updated:
Hector Ortiz-Fuentes was walking to a bus stop at the intersection of Orange and Plum streets when someone shot the quiet 38-year-old for no apparent reason. Hector Ortiz-Fuentes was walking to a bus stop at the intersection of Orange and Plum streets when someone shot the quiet 38-year-old for no apparent reason.
A sketch of a person of interest that police put out to the public shortly after Hector's killing. A sketch of a person of interest that police put out to the public shortly after Hector's killing.
LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) -

For four years, Maria Vindas has lived without answers.

She doesn't know who killed her ex-husband, Hector Ortiz-Fuentes, and for the life of her, she cannot figure out why.

"What happened to him had to be some sort of a mistake or something," she said.

It was August of 2009. Hector was walking to a bus stop at the intersection of Orange and Plum streets in Lancaster, heading to his job at Dart Container in Leola. It was 6:30 a.m. when someone shot the quiet 38-year-old for no apparent reason.

"He was found at the intersection," Lancaster Police Detective Kurtis Miller said. "He had been waving down cars after he'd been shot."

The hard-working father of three was pronounced dead a short time later at the hospital.

"It's truly a sad case," Miller said. "All indications point that he was truly an innocent victim who was just trying to go to work to provide for himself and his family, and it's very unfortunate."

Adding to the mystery, less than an hour before Hector was shot and killed, there was another murder less than a half a block away on Orange Street. Police said a man was targeted and shot during a home invasion.

Investigators said that case has been solved, and two men were convicted for the crime. Was it connected to Hector's death? Four years later, police said they still can't be sure either way.

"We're still looking into all possibilities," Miller said. "We haven't completely ruled anything out."

And then there's a sketch of a person of interest that police put out to the public shortly after Hector's killing. They believe the man was in the area at the time the shot was fired, but he was never identified.

What did the man see? What does he know?

"It's a top priority for me," Miller said. "It's something I'm going to continue to work very hard and I'm not going to be happy until we find out who did this."

It's a top priority for Maria as well. She said the mystery surrounding her husband's death has weighed heavily on his children. She has a plea for anyone withholding information.

"Just to put themselves in my place, to put themselves in my kids' place," she said. "What if it was them? What if it happens to them? Won't they want people to come forward and talk?"

Anyone with information about the murder of Hector Ortiz-Fuentes is asked to contact Det. Kurtis Miller at 717-735-1780.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • State police arrest man for aggravated assault

    State police arrest man for aggravated assault

    Saturday, August 30 2014 2:10 PM EDT2014-08-30 18:10:05 GMT
    State police say a Dauphin County man is behind bars for aggravated assault.Troopers were called to a home on the 100-block of South Second Street around 3:35 Friday afternoon.According to state police, they received a complaint that 48 year old Robert Dale Beaver, Jr. allegedly took prescription drugs, and was carrying a knife and big stick.Troopers say Beaver was looking to pick a fight.Investigators say Beaver refused to listen to commands and reached for the knife in an attempt to attack ...More >>
    State police say a Dauphin County man is behind bars for aggravated assault.Troopers were called to a home on the 100-block of South Second Street around 3:35 Friday afternoon.According to state police, they received a complaint that 48 year old Robert Dale Beaver, Jr. allegedly took prescription drugs, and was carrying a knife and big stick.Troopers say Beaver was looking to pick a fight.Investigators say Beaver refused to listen to commands and reached for the knife in an attempt to attack ...More >>
  • At an intersection with no crossing guard, retired Marine steps up to help

    At an intersection with no crossing guard, retired Marine steps up to help

    Saturday, August 30 2014 10:28 AM EDT2014-08-30 14:28:46 GMT
    A retired Marine has gained national attention after he put on his dress blues to help students cross a busy street near a city elementary school It was last year Cpl. Lewis Alston, 63, Lititz, noticed South Duke Street and North Street did not have a crossing guard. The intersection is near Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School. So Alston, a chaplain for the Lancaster County Marine Corps League, took action. “What I did was the first day of school, on Monday; I was at a funeral service be...More >>
    A retired Marine has gained national attention after he put on his dress blues to help students cross a busy street near a city elementary school It was last year Cpl. Lewis Alston, 63, Lititz, noticed South Duke Street and North Street did not have a crossing guard. The intersection is near Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School. So Alston, a chaplain for the Lancaster County Marine Corps League, took action. “What I did was the first day of school, on Monday; I was at a funeral service be...More >>
  • Police investigate string of car and home break-ins

    Police investigate string of car and home break-ins

    Saturday, August 30 2014 1:15 PM EDT2014-08-30 17:15:22 GMT
    Police in Lower Paxton Township are investigating another string of car and home break-ins.According to police, two homes on Wesley Driver were reported broken into.One home had cash from a wallet stolen, and a purse was reportedly rifled through.Police say entry was gained through an unlocked door.The second home did not have anything reported missing, but investigators say entry was gained by using a key which was left in a car parked in the driveway.In addition to these incidents, police s...More >>
    Police in Lower Paxton Township are investigating another string of car and home break-ins.According to police, two homes on Wesley Driver were reported broken into.One home had cash from a wallet stolen, and a purse was reportedly rifled through.Police say entry was gained through an unlocked door.The second home did not have anything reported missing, but investigators say entry was gained by using a key which was left in a car parked in the driveway.In addition to these incidents, police s...More >>
Powered by WorldNow