GASTON COUNTY, N.C. -- Officials tell NBC Charlotte two more arrests have been made in connection with a body that was found near Crowders Mountain in December 2017.
33-year-old Maynor Hernan Ortega and 31-year-old Elmer Alexander Lopez are now charged in the case along with 27-year-old Doris Alvarado-Peraza. Alvarado-Peraza, who was an acquaintance of Romero, is charged with first degree murder.
Ortega and Alvarado-Peraza were arrested on January 5 in southeast Georgia. They are awaiting extradition back to Gaston County. Lopez was arrested on January 9 in the 5800 block of Orr Road in Charlotte.
On December 22, Gaston County Police responded to a call on Sawbill Lane in Gastonia to investigate reports of a body found in the neighborhood. That's where officers located the body of 28-year-old Miguel Angel Valle Romero.
Anyone with information in this case is asked to call 911 or Crimestoppers at 704-861-8000.