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Police seek SUV connected to man's dumping, death

Posted December 17, 2008 10:59 a.m. EST

— Mount Olive Police are searching for the vehicle they believe was used to dump a man along Breazeale Avenue Dec. 12.

Police said Santos Anton Lopez, 42, of 104 Dotsie Drive in Eureka, fell out of the front passenger door of a moving white SUV as it traveled near Roses shopping center. Lopez was taken to Wayne Memorial Hospital where he died of gunshot wounds.

They identified the owner of the SUV, Luis Hernandez, 38, of 242 Summerlins Crossroads in Kenansville, as a person of interest in the case. Hernandez is in custody for immigration violations, but his car is missing.

Police are asking the public to be on the lookout for the vehicle, a white Chevy Trailblazer with NC license plate XXL-7089. They believe the SUV may be in the Leland/Wilmington area.

Anyone with information about the shooting was asked to Mount Olive police at 919-658-5031, ext. 104, or Goldsboro/Wayne County Crime Stoppers at 919-735-2255. Crime Stoppers pays rewards for information leading to arrests in certain felony cases, and callers never have to identify themselves.