Few leads surface in death of Baldwin County man

lfabian@macon.comJanuary 2, 2014 

A week after a Baldwin County man was gunned down at his front door, investigators are still looking for a break in the case.

Shortly before 8 p.m. Dec. 27, 33-year-old Francisco Lopez Castillo was shot once in the chest as he answered the door of his rented mobile home.

“As far as we can tell, the bad guy didn’t enter the house. Nothing was missing and (Castillo) was not missing anything from his person,” said Capt. Brad King of the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office. “We know for a fact it wasn’t a robbery.”

Deputies were alerted after a neighbor heard the single shot at 108 Selma Drive and one of Castillo’s friends drove up shortly after the killing.

“We have very little information on our victim mostly due to the language barrier,” King said. “Most of the witnesses are Hispanic.”

Castillo lived near Milledgeville for several years and had been in the United States for 14 years.

He had a Social Security card, but no driver’s license and no arrest record in Baldwin County, King said.

Most of his family is in Veracruz, Mexico, he said.

“Best as I can tell, he doesn’t have an enemy in the world,” King said.

Castillo worked for a local landscape company and had a good relationship with his boss, the investigation showed.

King does not believe the slaying is gang- or drug-related, but could be the result of a domestic issue.

“He either wronged somebody or somebody perceived he did,” King said.

Investigators are still talking to people who knew Castillo, but most of the interviews require translators.

Although the sheriff’s department has a few interpreters on staff, using a translator slows the interrogation, King said.

“This makes it difficult for us because we can only move as fast as we can communicate,” he said.

Investigators would like to speak with anyone who saw Castillo in the hours before his death.

Witnesses are urged to call the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office at 478-445-4891.

Anyone else with information is urged to call Macon Regional CrimeStoppers at 877-68-CRIME.

To contact writer Liz Fabian, call 744-4303.

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