Homicide charges filed in man’s disappearance


BUTLER TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) – Two arrests were made Monday in connection with a five-year-long murder investigation in the Freeland area.

Two murder suspects were arraigned for the murder of Jose Herran, 59.

State police say Roberto Torner and David Alzugaray were angry at Herran and killed him.

Torner was brought out of District Court on Monday after being charged with the 2015 murder of Jose Herran.

He didn’t have much to say.

Torner insists he had nothing to do with the shooting death of Herran; also charged in the death, David Alzugaray.

Investigators say the arrests were the result of searches of several properties owned by Torner including one in the Buck Mountain area of Foster Township in May of 2018.

According to court papers, Torner was angry at Herran and wanted him killed.

Confidential witnesses tell detectives that Torner tried to hire two people to kill Herran, but both refused to do it.

At some point in late 2015, Torner and Alzugaray allegedly took Herran to Torner’s property in Foster Township.

Alzugaray confessed to shooting Herran him in the back of the head.

“Since 2015, we conducted multiple interviews with cooperating witnesses, collected forensic evidence including blood samples and bone fragments from the suspected site of Jose’s killing and dismemberment,” said Stefanie Salavantis, Luzerne County District Attorney.

Investigators have not said why the men were angry at Herran.

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