ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - Orange County sheriff deputies believe someone knows who murdered Elena Ortega, but that person may be afraid to come forward.
Detectives are questioning two persons of interest, but have not charged them with Ortega's murder.
Her photo is back up in the
Elena Ortega was 83 years old, a widow in poor health, living alone. She was found dead Sept. 18 after
Detectives are working leads, but are running into the same problem over and over: potential witnesses who they say won't talk because they're afraid, and someone is working hard to keep the neighborhood from talking.
"There are very credible threats of physical harm to be done to people if they cooperate with our investigation,"
Detectives have identified two people of interest in jail on unrelated charges, but so far they have not been connected to the killing of Mrs. Ortega.
Detectives said they've learned a
"I truly believe that people will get tired of the violence and they will get fed up and eventually they will come forward and say something," Thorpe said.
Detectives said anyone who's been threatened can call Crimeline without fear or stop by the sheriff's office and speak directly with investigators.