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Two more people arrested in murder of woman found in a wooded area in Crownsville

Posted at 12:15 PM, Dec 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-20 13:08:39-05

Police in Anne Arundel County have charged two more people in the death and disappearance of Jenni Lopez, 21.

Her body was found on September 20 in a wooded area near the intersection of Chesterfield Road and Hawkins Road in Crownsville. An autopsy revealed she died as a result of severe trauma and her death was ruled a homicide. 

In working with the Frederick Police Department and the Montgomery County Police Department, Anne Arundel County police were able to identify two more suspects involved in Lopez's death. This brings the total number of people charged in her death to eight.

Jorge Raul Guerra-Castillo, 36, of Pensacola, Florida was charged with murder on December 14.

Police identified Guerra-Castillo as the person who authorized the other suspects to abduct and murder Lopez. He is incarcerated in Georgia. He will be extradited back to Anne Arundel County.

Homicide detectives also charged Denis A. Rivas Aldna, 22, from Silver Spring with murder. Police say he was a participant in the planning and murder of Lopez.

He is behind bars in Montgomery County. He is awaiting extradition to Anne Arundel County but is also facing additional murder charges in Frederick County and attempted murder in Montgomery County.

Police say Lopez's murder was a targeted gang incident and not a random act of violence. She was originally reported missing in June but her body wasn't found until September.

Along with the two most recent arrests, six other suspects have been charged in her murder: Brenda Yaneth Argueta of Silver Spring, Darvin Estuard Guerra Zacarias of Silver Spring, Ervin Noe Arrue Figueroa of Annapolis, Francisco Ramirez Pena of Annapolis, Ronald Adonay Mendez-Sosa of Edgewater, and Milton A Portillo-Rodriguez of Edgewater.

Arundel County Police are urging anyone with information to come forward by calling the Homicide Unit at 410-222-4731.

Anyone with information wishing to remain anonymous may contact the Anne Arundel County Police Tip Line 410-222-4700 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.