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Leads Needed In Cheatham County Murder

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by Amanda Hara

ASHLAND CITY, Tenn. - A Mexican national was found murdered in a barn, and money is likely the motive. The problem is, investigators in Cheatham County are hitting a brick wall when it comes to suspects.

In this case, time is not on law enforcement's side, and investigators are forced to solve a crime with stale evidence. The body was found a week after the murder and the victim's car was found a week after that. Still, detectives have turned up some interesting leads.

For a man who so badly wanted to become an American, working hard and owning a car were the first steps for 41-year-old Canuto Cordero.

"He was solid working hard sending his money home and saying what he could to even buy this truck," investigator Floyd Duncan said.

But it turns out the very thing that brought Canuto Cordero joy in life, could now answer questions about his death.

Police say the 41-year-old farm hand likely fell asleep inside the barn where he lived, on a couch in a sleeping bag.

"That's the way he was found lying with very brutal trauma to his head, a brutal forceful lick to his head," Floyd said one week later.

His recent paycheck was missing, and so was his beloved truck. Days later, surveillance video turned up showing someone driving the truck into a South Nashville parking lot then walking off into the distance. The quality is poor and the person is barely visible.

Two persons of interest have almost disappeared. Investigators are zeroing in on two men who Cordero worked with. Pascaul Pacheco and Victor Romero are now persons of interest, but Romero went back to Mexico within the same week Cordero was killed.

The red truck, the one Cordero was so fond of, is just back from the TBI crime lab. Although Cordero will never drive it again, investigators hope it holds clues to solve his murder.

Investigators on this case hope to hear back from the TBI crime lab within the next few weeks. They're interested to see if fingerprints from the murder weapon, which was a pipe, match fingerprints from Cordero's stolen car.

The Cheatham County Sheriff's Department is trying to come up with reward money for information in this case. They said a fear of deportation has forced the Hispanic community to clam up.

Email: ahara@newschannel5.com

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