2 arrested in 1997 cold case of body found without head, hands in Michigan farm

Two brothers face possibility of life in prison
Published: Jan. 24, 2023 at 3:41 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 24, 2023 at 5:27 PM EST
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BLISSFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WILX) - United States Marshals arrested two brothers in Ohio Tuesday in connection with a 25-year-old cold case.

According to authorities, a farmer in Lenawee County, just east of Adrian, found human remains in his field in November 1997. Police said the victim’s head and hands had been removed, which made identification difficult.

Michigan State Police said its Cold Case Unit had been working on the investigation and submitted its reports to the Attorney General’s Office, who issued arrest warrants for murder for two brothers who live in Toledo.

The two brothers were located and arrested by Marshals Tuesday. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said Richard Sepulveda, 51, and Michael Sepulveda, 49, are being extradited on charges of first-degree premeditated murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree premediated murder, assault with intent to maim, conspiracy to commit assault with intent to main, tampering with evidence and conspiracy to commit tampering with evidence. All charges are felonies.

“Michigan State Police worked with multiple local and federal law enforcement agencies and prosecutors to gather evidence and establish a timeline of events,” Nessel said. “I am grateful for their persistence in pursuing this case. All crime victims deserve justice regardless of how long it takes to receive it.”

The investigation is still ongoing and police said there is potential for additional charges against people who assisted either in the actual crime or in covering it up.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Michigan State Police Monroe Post at 313-407-9379.

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