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April 29, 2014 at 6:01 PM

Homicide victim found buried in Kitsap County identified

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Jonatan Luna Rodriguez (Kitsap County sheriff’s photo)

Remains of a homicide victim unearthed almost five years ago have been identified, according to the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office. Now detectives hope to find out who killed the man.

The victim was Jonatan Luna Rodriguez, who was born in 1990, the sheriff’s office said today. He had assumed the identity of a family member and went by the name of Moises Luna Rodriguez.

The remains were discovered on June 8, 2009, by contractors who were starting excavation for construction of a residential housing development in the 3100 block of Harold Drive Southeast in South Kitsap, the sheriff’s office says.

Sheriff’s detectives determined the man died of homicide. They also believe he had been dead from two to 12 months.

Investigators were able to locate members of the victim’s family in  Jalisco, Mexico. A DNA comparison from relatives confirmed the slain man’s identity.

The cause of the death and who is responsible is now the focus of the investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Chad Birkenfeld at 360-337- 5619. Callers can remain anonymous by contacting Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound at 1-800-222-8477.

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