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Cold Case Squad Identifies Suspects In Two Old Cases

Harris County Sheriff’s cold case detectives say they’ve identified several suspects in two old murders, including one almost 30 years ago.

Harris County Sheriff’s cold case detectives say they have identified several suspects in two old murders, including one almost 30 years ago.

The first case goes back to August of 1986 when Gerald Oncale was shot and killed in a home in northeast Harris County.

William Porter told authorities back then that Oncale had broken into his home and he shot him in self-defense.

Recently, cold case detectives detemined that Porter staged the crime scene and had killed Oncale because of a debt.

Murder charges against Porter were filed this week. He’s currently in prison in Missouri on unrelated charges.

“We know where he’s at,” said Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia. “The unit will be working with the proper and respective agencies and we hope that we will be able to have him here in Texas, in Harris County, to be able to deliver justice on this murder.”

The second cold case update is from the murder of Amado Trejo in 2007.

Detectives now say a fingerprint hit at the scene points to Denis Ordenana as the suspect. They now believe he fled to Nicaragua several years ago.

“We know who we’re looking for, but we don’t have him in custody,” Garcia said. “We need the public’s help to let us know where he’s at. If he’s somewhere in our community, please point us in the right direction we’re happy to slap some handcuffs on him.”

Since Sheriff Garcia brought back the cold case squad five years ago, 23 suspects have been charged in a variety of cases involving 24 victims.

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Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia

 

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