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Las Vegas area police seek info in cold case investigation

2 persons of interest identified
Posted at 10:08 AM, Dec 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-16 20:38:08-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department announced a break in a years-old cold case.

According to the department, 20-year-old Aldo Araiza went missing in 2000.

On Jan. 8, 2004, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department's Homicide Unit responded to U.S. 95 and Lee Canyon Road after surveyors working in the area located human remains. Unfortunately, no identification could be made at that time.

On July 6, 2020, Homicide Cold Case Investigators were notified that the victim had been identified through the National Missing and Unidentified Person System as Aldo Ariaza.

Approximately 20 years prior to his identification, Ariaza was reported as a missing person to the North Las Vegas Police Department.

Ariaza was last seen getting into a vehicle with friends on July 31, 2000, near his home on Crawford Street in North Las Vegas.

Detectives from the LVMPD and NLVPD began working together and developed two persons of interest in Ariaza’s murder: Rafael Flores Rizo and Jose Manuel Rizo.

Detectives learned they were living in northern Nevada in the Reno/Sparks area.

When Rafael and Jose became aware that detectives were investigating Ariaza’s murder, they quit their jobs and disappeared.

Detectives would also like to speak with Enrique Lopez, Janette (unknown last name) and Maria (unknown last name) who were friends of Ariaza.

Anyone with any information about this incident or the whereabouts of Rafael or Jose Rizo is urged to contact the LVMPD Homicide Section by phone at 702-828-3521, or by email at homicide@lvmpd.com. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 702-385-5555, or on the internet at www.crimestoppersofnv.com.

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