08-08-2014, 12:26 PM #1
NJ - Fatima Lopez, 15, Monmouth Cty, 18 Nov 2002
Unsolved mystery: What happened to Fatima Lopez?
TINTON FALLS Fatima Lopez was a teenage girl from a large family, living in a poor country, about to turn sweet 16.
Her older brother, Hector, was living in Belmar, working hard, making money, installing hardwood floors.
He wanted his little sister to have a party for her birthday, so he scraped up $2,000 and sent it to her in Nicaragua.
But there would be no party.
Fatima, at age 15, used the money to make her way from Nicaragua to the United States on her own, seeking a better life.
She never made it to her 16th birthday. Less than four months after getting to New Jersey, she would be dead, her naked body buried in a shallow grave near a construction site on Green Grove Road.
"It was a very tragic circumstance that this young girl had come to this country to find freedom and happiness, and ended up being murdered," said Robert A. Honecker, an attorney with the Ocean Township law firm Ansell, Grimm and Aaron who was first assistant Monmouth County prosecutor when Fatima's body was found.
Almost 12 years later, detectives have few clues to who may have inflicted the fatal injuries on the petite teenager or why.
Any one with information can report anonymously by calling the Monmouth County Crimestoppers tipline at 1-800-671-4400 or by texting "MONMOUTH'' and a tip to 274637 (CRIMES). The Crimestoppers program will pay up to $5,000 for information that leads to the identification, arrest and prosecution of a suspect in the murder.
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04-18-2015, 03:33 PM #2
Office of the Monmouth County Prosecutor
11/18/02 Fatima Lopez
On November 18, 2002, the body of 15 year old Fatima Lopez was found at 813 Green Grove Road, Tinton Falls. The victim's naked body was found by a construction worker clearing a wooded lot at that location. She had been buried under several feet of dirt and her body was partially decomposed.
Anyone with information regarding the disappearance or murder of Fatima Lopez is asked to contact the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office Major Crimes Bureau at 732/ 431-7160 or 1 800/ 533-7443 (toll free) or the Tinton Falls Police Department at 732/ 542-4422.__________________________________
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