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Police seek
slaying suspect

Man found stabbed to death in Athens mobile home; roommate sought

By Paul Huggins
phuggins@decaturdaily.com · 340-2395

ATHENS — The stabbing death of a Mexican man early Saturday could have been the result of drug dispute, police said.

Police said the victim’s roommate, who was still at large Saturday evening, is a suspect.

Police found Marcos Morens Cortez, also known as Marcos Contreras, dead inside his mobile home at 19274 Windsox Place with multiple stab wounds to his chest and back. He was lying face down on a bed.

Police found his body shortly after 5 a.m. It was their second trip to Windsox Place that morning.

They responded to a call at 3:57 a.m. concerning an intoxicated Hispanic male at 19260 Windsox Place saying he was injured, but when police arrived, nobody was home, said Capt. Marty Bruce.

When police arrived the second time, some bystanders met them and took them to the murder scene, he said.

Cortez, who was in his mid-20s, was from Mexico and had been living in Athens for about a year, police said.

The suspect is Omar Sanchez, also a Mexican in his mid-20s, who lived with Cortez a couple of months.

Sanchez left the scene before officers arrived, police said.

Sanchez was last seen wearing a tan button-up shirt, blue jeans and white Nike tennis shoes.

Based on information from people who knew Cortez and Sanchez, it’s possible the two had a fight over drugs, Bruce said.

“We haven’t been able to get the exact story yet,” he said. “We need to talk to the suspect.”

Anyone with information on Sanchez’s whereabouts can call police at (256) 233-8700.

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