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Macon County deputies name man wanted for questioning in deaths of 2 brothers

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Diego Altamirano (L) and Francisco Altamirano (Source: MCSO) Diego Altamirano (L) and Francisco Altamirano (Source: MCSO)
Investigation into slaying of two brothers (Apr. 3, 2018/FOX Carolina) Investigation into slaying of two brothers (Apr. 3, 2018/FOX Carolina)
Chevy Silverado the Altamirano brothers were last seen driving (Source: MCSO) Chevy Silverado the Altamirano brothers were last seen driving (Source: MCSO)
Maximino Rios-Diaz (Source: MCSO) Maximino Rios-Diaz (Source: MCSO)
FRANKLIN, NC (FOX Carolina) -

The Macon County Sheriff's Office has named a man wanted for questioning after the bodies of two brothers were found in an abandoned vehicle on March 28.

Deputies said they responded to a report about an abandoned vehicle that had been on Jack Cabe Road for several days.

When deputies opened the fiberglass tonneau cover of the 2003 Chevrolet Silverado, they found the bodies of 34-year-old Francisco Altamirano and 39-year-old Diego Altamirano.

Investigators said the brothers had gunshot wounds but their official cause of death will not be confirmed until autopsies are completed on Thursday.

The Altamirano brothers had been reported missing on Monday by a family member.

Deputies said Diego and Francisco Altamirano were from Mexico and living in Franklin, NC. A family member said the brothers left to go to a party in Westminster on Saturday night but never showed up. Investigators determined they did not go to South Carolina but instead planned to go to a bar in Sylva, Waynesville or Franklin.

The truck keys and receipts from purchases made before their deaths were found inside the vehicle. Business names are not printed on the receipts, but deputies said Tecate beer was among the items purchased.

On Tuesday, deputies said Maximino Rios-Diaz, 46, was wanted for questioning. Rios-Diaz is to be considered armed and dangerous, deputies said.

Rios-Diaz was last seen by his family on Mar. 24. His most recent address was on Hayes Mill Road in Franklin. He may be traveling to Mexico in an unknown vehicle.

Law enforcement officials were outside a home on Hayes Mill Road in Franklin on Tuesday. The sheriff confirmed they believe the home is connected to the homicide investigation

Neighbors in the area say everything happened so fast and they were shocked to see how the crime scene unfolded.

Cody Perkie lives just two doors down from the house where deputies suspect the two murders took place. He says he's been watching from his yard as Macon County Deputies mark areas of interest and collect bags and bags of evidence...

"Going back to a week ago and hearing the murders were a heinous thing but then to find out. Then just starting last night, seeing cops there that was already an eerie scary feeling but when you wake up in the morning and find out it's real. I mean there's a crime scene unit, people getting evidence, I mean it just makes you think it could be anybody," Perkie said.

Perkie has called Hayes mill road home for almost all his life. He says it's a diverse community where kids play and neighbors talk, but he remembers the night the murders took place. He heard shots ring out in their quiet neighborhood.

"We didn't think nothing of it, even when the murder happened we didn't think nothing of it."

Deputies ask anyone with information to call the Macon County Sheriff’s Office at (828) 371-2107 or Crime Stoppers at (828) 349-2600.

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