Authorities want to speak with mother at center of Amber Alert case about her boyfriend’s unsolved murder in 2009
ELKHART COUNTY, Ind. – On December 17, 2009, Rene Hernandez, of Fort Wayne, went missing. He was just 24-years-old at the time.
On June 11, 2010, his body was found in a wooded area near County Roads 400 South and 700 East in Whitley County. Initially, investigators had trouble identifying him because his body was in two pieces, 21Alive reports.
His death was ruled a homicide, and has remained unsolved for the past six years.
However, investigators are taking a look at the case once again after the arrest of Fort Wayne mother Amber Pasztor.
Pasztor, 29, allegedly abducted her children, Liliana Hernandez, 7, and Rene Pasztor, 6, from their grandfather’s house on Monday morning, prompting an Amber Alert. She then smothered their faces with her hands until they died, according to court documents.
A few hours later, Liliana and Rene were found dead in Pasztor’s car which was parked at the Elkhart Police Department.
Pasztor was formally charged with two counts of murder on Wednesday.
According to The Elkhart Truth, Hernandez was Pasztor’s boyfriend and also the father of Liliana and Rene.
Liliana was just one-year-old and Pasztor was pregnant with Rene when Hernandez went missing in 2009.
Now, Hernandez’s brother and the Whitley County sheriff are hoping Pasztor can shed some light on the unsolved case, The Elkhart Truth reports.
Whitley County Sheriff Marc Gatton, who was a chief deputy with the department back in 2009, said detectives interviewed Amber Pasztor about Hernandez’s death, but she was never a suspect.
“The detective wasn’t leaning toward her or anything,” Gatton told The Elkhart Truth.
As time passed and the lead investigators left the department, the case eventually became cold.
But that has changed since Pasztor’s arrest. “If she wasn’t a person of interest then, she sure is now,” Gatton said.
Gatton says he plans to send a detective to speak with Elkhart authorities and hopefully Pasztor after they finish interviewing her about the deaths of her children and her neighbor Frank Macomber, whose body was found in a wooded area in Fort Wayne on Tuesday.
Guillermo Hernandez, Rene Hernandez’s younger brother, told The Elkhart Truth that Rene and Liliana spent every day with his family the past few years until custody was transferred from his parents, Ana and Severo Hernandez, to Amber’s father and his wife, Rick and Emily Green.