CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - The Federal Bureau of Investigation is offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a man who is wanted in the killing of a Charlotte coworker in 2016.
Police say "Sandy" Truc Quan Ly Le's body was found while searching a property in northeast Charlotte in 2016, in the 11800 block of Plaza Road Extension.
The FBI announced Tuesday that 18-year-old Alejandro Rosales Castillo was added to their "Ten Most Wanted Fugitives" list. On Tuesday, police said they believe Castillo is "responsible" for Le's murder.
Le was one of three Showmars workers reported missing in August 2016. Co-workers, Castillo and his 19-year-old girlfriend Ahmia Feaster, were reported missing a day after Le, on August 11. Feaster's Dodge Caliber was found the next day. Police immediately called the disappearances "suspicious," and discovered Feaster and Castillo fled to Mexico.
A private investigator told WBTV that Feaster and Castillo called their families to tell them they were safe, but the families did not know where.
Feaster turned herself in in Aguas Calientes, Mexico on Oct. 20 and was extradited back to North Carolina. Feaster was indicted for possession of a stolen vehicle and accessory after the fact.
FBI officials held a press conference Tuesday morning in connection with this case update.
Castillo is described as being around 5-foot-6 and 185 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He is from Charlotte and has family ties to Phoenix, police say.
FBI officials say Castillo should be considered "armed and extremely dangerous." Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say Le was Castillo's former girlfriend. According to the FBI, Castillo and the victim had reportedly agreed to meet in Charlotte so he can repay a loan but "Castillo apparently had no intention of returning the money."
They say they have information from her bank account and cellphone messages that show she actually withdrew $1,000 the night she went missing. Prosecutors say they believe the motive for the murder was robbery.
Posters of Castillo including his picture and information about the crime are being posted, along with billboards in North Carolina, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California. The information will be displayed in Spanish and English.
FBI agents say Mexican authorities have been very resourceful in their search, but do not know where Castillo is. However, they had evidence that leads them to believe he may be in the cities of Augua Calientes or San Francisco de Los Roma.
In the surveillance footage of Feaster and Castillo crossing the border, Castillo is in a gray shirt and black hat. The video was taken prior to investigators knowing his possible involvement with Le's death.
"We are specifically asking if anyone came in contact with them to come forward; it's possible they discussed exactly where they were headed," Strong said.
Castillo is the 516th fugitive to be placed on the top 10 most wanted list. Of those 516 fugitives, 483 have been found, according to Strong. The list was created in 1950.
This is the first time someone from Charlotte has appeared on the FBI's list, CMPD said.
John Strong, who is a special agent in charge of the FBI in North Carolina, released this statement:
"We appreciate the FBI's assistance and resources in the search for this wanted man. Now, we need help from the community – in Charlotte, in Arizona, and in Mexico – to located Mr. Castillo, so that we can provide some sense of closure to Sandy Ly Le's family," Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr
Putney said. "We must all work together to bring this man to justice."
U.S. Customs and Border Protection released video to the FBI of a man who they believe is Castillo reportedly crossing the border from Arizona into Mexico in 2016.
Anyone with information on Castillo's whereabouts is asked to call FBI Charlotte at 704-672-6100 or Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.