Beaten and Buried:5 charged in missing woman's death
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Five people have been charged in the death of a Maryland woman who was found buried in a secret grave according to the Capital Gazette.
The paper reports, Jenni Rivera Lopez was driven June 24 to a remote spot on or near the grounds of a youth camp on the outskirts of Annapolis. Police said she was beaten to death and buried there. Police found her body on Sept. 20 after an unnamed person provided information about her death. Lopez was reported missing June 27, 2017.
Police said the killing was orchestrated by at least five people in varying ways. The paper, which obtained charging documents, says all five were arrested in late September and are being held without bond.
The Capital Gazette newspaper reported that people familiar with the investigation said the gang MS-13 was involved in Lopez's killing. The El Salvadoran gang has been linked to recent violent crimes in the Annapolis area.
Lt. Ryan Frashure, a police spokesman, told the newspaper that investigators believe the killing was gang-related.
Last week, the Anne Arundel County Police Chief spoke about the ongoing gang issue in the county.
"We will move Heaven and Earth to get you the help you need," Anne Arundel County Police Chief Tim Altomare said during the press conference as he begged locals who knew something about the gangs to come forward.
"Gangs ain't gonna take over Anne Arundel County," Altomare said. "Period."
Wednesday, police issued a plea online to get anyone who needs help to contact them.
The facebook post also lists gang prevention tips and emergency phone numbers.
Police are asking anyone that has any information that could help in gang investigations to call 410-222-4700.