Jose Antonio Betancourt - North Carolina - 2003 May 7, 2019 15:48:30 GMT -5
Post by HeadMarshal on May 7, 2019 15:48:30 GMT -5
Photo Credits: Independent Tribune
Age: 36 (Not certain, see below for additional comments)
Weight: 170 lbs
In February of 2003, authorities in Kannapolis, North Carolina say that Miguel Gonzales-Macias, Jose Antonio Betancourt, and a man only known as Valentin Sanchez Ramirez were living in the same mobile home. As a result of a presumed argument between the men, Jose and Valentin allegedly stabbed Miguel to death and buried his body in a shallow grave. Then they allegedly set the mobile home on fire, destroying valuable evidence in the process.
A supervisor at the company where the three men were employed, stated that Jose Betancourt had several noticeable injuries after the mobile home fire. Several days later, the body of Miguel Gonzales-Macias was found in the shallow grave. By that time, Jose and Valentin had fled and became fugitives.
Unfortunately, no photo or strong description exists for Valentin Sanchez Ramirez, only for Jose Betancourt.
Based on crime location, it is advised to contact Rowan County Crime Stoppers at 1-866-639-5245 if you have any information on the whereabouts of Jose Betancourt or Valentin Ramirez.
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Thoughts? As of today, May 7, 2019, Jose Antonio Betancourt is still at large since he was featured on the most recent addition of Rowan County's Most Wanted (that came out today) and it appears Valentin Sanchez Ramirez is as well with no capture reports. Valentin is not on the official list despite having a warrant according to the 2011 case article I found since there's no photo or description of him to work with.
One thing I also noticed is that there's no definitive answer on Jose Betancourt's age and date of birth online. Rowan County thankfully profiles their most wanted list yearly it seems but Jose's age tends to always be mentioned as "36" since 2015. For case integrity and potential tip purposes, we try to be as accurate with details here as possible, so any DOB confirmation on Jose Betancourt would be appreciated.