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Search warrant served in Norma Lopez case

August 31, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A search warrant was served Tuesday morning in connection to the murder of Moreno Valley teen Norma Lopez, Riverside County Sheriff's Department officials confirmed. Investigators swarmed a house in Moreno Valley near where Lopez was abducted about 11 a.m. Tuesday.

Authorities searched the home and were seen by neighbors removing boxes from the residence. A green Mitsubishi Sport Utility Vehicle was impounded.

"We served a search warrant at the Pegasus Way address in relation to the Norma Lopez murder investigation," said sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Joe Borja in a telephone interview with Eyewitness News. "A green SUV was seized. Due to the sensitivity of the case, that is all the information we are going to release."

Early in the investigation, witnesses said they saw a green SUV speeding away from the area where Lopez vanished.

Neighbors said more than a dozen investigators descended on the house in the 26500 block of Pegasus Way.

Authorities said a man at the home was detained for being uncooperative, obstructing the execution of the search warrant.

No one was at the home Tuesday evening.

Lopez disappeared July 15 near Valley View High School. Her body was found in an empty field a few days later about two miles from where she had vanished.

Her father, Martin Lopez, said Tuesday he had no idea authorities had made progress in their investigation.

"They haven't told me anything," he said.

Lopez said he has always believed that his daughter was abducted and killed by an acquaintance. He said he hopes the latest development will lead to an arrest.


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