RIOS-Diaz — Wanted for questioning

Brittney Lofthouse – Staff Writer

Macon County Sheriff Robert Holland penned an open letter and a video with Spanish translation to the Hispanic community on social media, in an attempt to assure the Hispanic community in Macon County that any information regarding the double homicide of 34-year-old Francisco Altamirano and 39-year-old Diego Altamirano, two brothers who were found murdered last week, will only be used for investigation purposes and the legal status of anyone who is interviewed would not be questioned. 

By Tuesday morning, Sheriff Holland said those attempts had proved beneficial and information had been given to the Macon County Sheriff’s Office that led investigators to 535 Hayes Mill Road, where Sheriff Holland said they believe the murders took place. 

In addition to a location of where the murders are believed to have occurred, tips also led investigators to see Maximino RIOS-Diaz, 46, who is wanted for questioning by the Macon County Sheriff’s Office. RIOS-Diaz was last seen by his family Saturday, March 24, 2018. Authorities believe he may be traveling to Mexico, although he currently resides on Hayes Mill Road. 

RIOS-Diaz should be considered armed and dangerous. If you have information as to his whereabouts or any information related to this case, please contact the Macon County Sheriff’s Office at (828) 371-2107. CrimeStoppers (828)349-2600

The investigation began last Wednesday, when two Macon County Sheriff’s Office deputies stopped to investigate an abandoned white Chevrolet Silverado that was parked off of Jack Cabe Road in the Holly Springs Community. 

While attempting to gain additional information, deputies looked in the back of the covered truck bed, and discovered the bodies of two deceased males, later identified as the Altamirano brothers. The MCSO immediately contacted the State Buruea of Investigation for assistance.  

Investigators from the MCSO and SBI responded to the scene and initiated an investigation. The bodies and the vehicle were transported to the Macon County Law Enforcement Center’s newly constructed Evidence & Processing Building where the bodies and vehicle were forensically examined. MCSO detectives and SBI agents collected several pieces of evidence including fingerprints and will have those items further examined at the SBI Crime Lab.

Autopsies on the two bodies were performed Thursday. Detectives were present for those autopsies and collected additional evidence. Both victims had multiple gunshot wounds. Results of the autopsies will be released at a later time.