FCSO: Remains found could be both homicide victims

Aquilino Tzompaxtle (Source: FCSO)
Aquilino Tzompaxtle (Source: FCSO)
Dominick Vershon Cole (Source: WBTV)
Dominick Vershon Cole (Source: WBTV)
Units on scene Wednesday (Source: WMBF News Reporter Crystal Moyer)
Units on scene Wednesday (Source: WMBF News Reporter Crystal Moyer)
Units on scene (Source: WMBF News Reporter Crystal Moyer)
Units on scene (Source: WMBF News Reporter Crystal Moyer)

FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WMBF) Investigators believe remains found in the Timmonsville area Wednesday afternoon are those of two men reported missing from Charlotte.

According to Capt. Mike Nunn with the Florence County Sheriff's Office, deputies, along with officers with the Charlotte-Mecklinburg Police and the Florence County Sheriff's Office are working the investigation together.

The remains were found off of Young Road near Timmonsville and the investigation is still in its early stages at this time.

According to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, a call for service was reported around 6:45 p.m. Monday evening along Mt. Holly Road in Charlotte when the caller stated they had not seen or spoken to their cousin in several days.

Officers found evidence of foul play including missing property and vehicles that belonged to Benjamin Acahua-Itehua, 39, and Floriberto Acahua-Itehua, 32.

Upon further investigation, officers were able to identify Aquilino Tzompaxtle, 20, Dominick Vershon Cole, 26, and Efrain Tzompaxtle, 23 as suspects.

Aquilino Tzompaxtle and Efrain Tzompaxtle are both from Florence, according to the Florence County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies in Florence County as well as officers in Fayetteville and Charlotte helped to apprehend the three suspects, who are now charged with two counts of murder and armed robbery in connection to the disappearances of Benjamin and Floriberto Acahua-Itehua.

Nunn said the remains will be taken back to Charlotte to be positively identified.

Further details, including the condition of the remains  and how they were found have not been released by officials. WMBF News will provide those details as they become available.

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