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Authorities identify human remains found in Madison County as missing grandmother

MADISON COUNTY, Ala. -- The Madison County Sheriff's Office has identified the human remains found near Moon Cemetery on June 15 as 49-year-old Oralia Mendoza.

Mendoza was the missing grandmother of Mariah Lopez. Mariah's body was found on Lemley Drive on June 7. Moon Cemetery is located approximately two miles from where a farmer found Mariah's remains.

Oralia Mendoza (left) Mariah Feit Lopez (right) Courtesy: Madison County Sheriff’s Office


Yoni Martinez Aguilar, 26, and Israel Gonzalez Palomino, 34, were both charged with First-degree Capital Murder of Two or More Victims. They also face First-degree Capital Murder of a Person Under the Age of 14 charges in connection to the investigation.

Left: Yoni Martinez Aguilar Right: Israel Gonzalez Palomino
(Courtesy: Madison County Sheriff's Office)

Aguilar has a preliminary hearing set for July 12th.

Palomino has a preliminary hearing set for July 16th.