Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Hailey man murdered ?execution style?

Gooding County authorities seek 2 men for questioning

Express Staff Writer

Jesus Valencia-Bolanos Carlos Villanueva-Martinez

The Gooding County Sheriff's Office is searching for two men who may have information on the murder of a Hailey man, who was killed "execution style" last week near Gooding.

Authorities identified the victim Monday as 30-year-old Gustavo Flores-Quintana. Gooding County Sheriff Shaun Gough said Flores-Quintana was shot "execution style" in the back of the head with a .22-caliber firearm.

His body was found by a duck hunter about 8:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9, near the Big Wood River about a mile north of Gooding. Gough said Flores-Quintana was likely killed within 12 hours of the discovery of his body.

Gooding County authorities identified the men they are seeking as Jesus Valencia-Bolanos, 23, and Carlos Villanueva-Martinez, 37, both of Gooding. The sheriff's office said the two men may be traveling in a white Pontiac with license plate 5B 55128. Anyone with information is asked contact the Gooding County Sheriff's Office at (208) 934-4421.

Gough described the two men as "persons of interest," but stopped short of calling them suspects.

The sheriff said Flores-Quintana was identified through fingerprints sent to the state crime lab. The victim had several prior arrests in Gooding County so his fingerprints were on file, Gough said.

A motive for the killing of Flores-Quintana was unclear, but Gough said "somebody was mad at him for something."

Hailey Police Chief Jeff Gunter said Tuesday that Flores-Quintana was unknown to his police department.

"I was looking for him on the computer and I couldn't find his name," Gunter said.

Funeral services for Flores-Quintana have been set for 4 p.m. Thursday at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Hailey. Arrangements are under the direction of Wood River Chapel in Hailey.

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