Name of man found in shallow grave released; POI in case sought

December 24, 2013 • Local News

Antonio Romero Jr., person of interest in the Miguel Castillo case.

The Roswell Police Department released the name of the victim whose body was found in a shallow grave in the 200 block of East 12th St., Wednesday, as Javier Miguel Castillo, 19.

The body was so badly decomposed that the only means of positive identification was dental records. The Office of the Medical Investigator confirmed identification on Friday.

Castillo disappeared on Oct. 8 after he supposedly went to a job interview. According to family members, he never made it to his interview at a local drilling company. His family reported him missing. His sister said that the family was brought into the police department on Wednesday night and permission was obtained to get his dental records.

The grieving family arrived at the grave site on Thursday and located some of his clothes in a nearby vacant house, along with some identifying paperwork in the yard where police found the grave, which they turned over to the police.

Castillo had a 4-month-old son at the time of his disappearance. The child is now 6-and-a-half months and will spend his first Christmas without his father.

The investigating detectives identified 22-year-old Antonio Orlando Romero Jr., also known as “Landito,” as a person of interest. Detectives are soliciting the public’s assistance in obtaining information regarding Romero’s whereabouts. He is described as being 5-foot 5-inches tall, weighing 115 pounds, and has brown eyes and brown hair.

Romero is considered armed and dangerous. People are warned not to approach.

Anyone with information about this case or Romero’s whereabouts is urged to contact the Roswell Police Department at 575-624-5770 or Crime Stoppers 888-594-TIPS (8477).

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