June 3rd, 2007 08:37 EST
Suspect in 2000 Philadelphia Murder Makes FBI's Top 10
A Honduran man suspected in the strangling death of a 5-year-old girl in Philadelphia seven years ago has been added to our Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list. Alexis Flores, a convicted felon, is linked to the crime scene by DNA evidence. His addition to our Most Wanted list raises the reward for information leading to his arrest up to $100,000.
Flores, who also goes by the names Mario Flores, Mario Roberto, and Alex Contreras, is 5 feet four inches tall and weights 130 to 140 pounds. He has scars on his forehead and right cheek. Flores is believed to be 31 years old, though he has used dates of birth ranging from 1975 to 1982.
An itinerant worker with ties to Honduras and a criminal history that stretches to Arizona , Flores is believed to have lived in the apartment building where young Iriana DeJesus’s body was discovered on August 3, 2000 . The girl had been reported missing six days earlier, on July 29. She was last seen with a Hispanic male who allegedly told people he was from Honduras and was seeking work and a place to stay. Flores allegedly disappeared from the area at the same time the girl was reported missing.
Few solid leads emerged until earlier this year, when our Philadelphia field office was notified that a DNA sample from an Arizona convict matched evidence taken at the Philadelphia crime scene. The convict, Alexis Flores, served time in Arizona on a forgery charge and was deported to Honduras following his release in 2005. Philadelphia authorities issued an arrest warrant on March 22 charging Flores with the 2000 murder and various other felonies related to the case.
Flores is the 487th fugitive to be added to the Most Wanted list since its creation in 1950. He replaces Shauntay Henderson, an alleged Kansas City gang member and murder suspect who was captured March 31, the same day she was added to the list.
Flores should be considered armed and dangerous. If you have information you believe may be helpful to the investigation, contact our Philadelphia office or submit a tip on our Tips and Public Leads page.