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Police chief: Snyder murder suspect fled to Ohio to meet someone she had spoken with

By Doug Myers, Digital Media Manager, dmyers@ktxs.com
Published On: Apr 11 2014 04:37:44 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 11 2014 04:39:52 PM CDT
Casandra Lopez

Casandra Lopez, 19, was arrested during April 2014 as a "person of interest" in the murder of 21-year-old boyfriend Omar Alejandro Diaz. Diaz was found dead at his Snyder residence on Saturday, March 22, 2014. He was last seen with Lopez on March 14, 2014 in Lorenzo, according to a recent state Department of Public Safety news release.

SNYDER, Texas -

Nineteen-year-old Casandra Lopez fled to Ohio after allegedly killing her boyfriend to apparently see a yet-to-be-found person that she had been speaking with, Snyder Police Chief Terry Luecke said Friday.

Texas Rangers and Snyder police investigators interviewed Lopez on Wednesday in Toledo, Ohio, where she was arrested Sunday after being listed as a fugitive from Scurry County.

She has since been booked into Scurry County Jail for the murder of Omar Diaz, her boyfriend who was found dead in his Snyder residence on March 22.

“She had been talking with someone in Ohio,” Luecke said in an email. “That person was not located by investigators. That is apparently why she went there.  No other connection to Ohio known.”

It hasn’t yet been disclosed how she got to Ohio. Diaz’s red 2004 Pontiac Grand Am GT was found abandoned in “the Lubbock area,” Luecke said last week.

Meanwhile, Luecke said police have learned Lopez was from the “area of Rosenberg, Texas,” which is southwest of Houston and south of Katy.

Earlier this week, Luecke said Lopez, who had been held in Lucas County (Ohio) Jail, is “cooperating with investigators.”

Diaz was last seen with Lopez – identified as his girlfriend – on March 14 in Lorenzo, according to a recent state Department of Public Safety news release.