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Homicide Investigation




Madison County Sheriff’s Office

Huntsville, Alabama

Blake L. Dorning-Sheriff



June 14, 2018


Sheriff Blake Dorning announced today June 14, 2018 that the Madison County Sheriff’s Office is now conducting a Homicide Investigation in relation to the body located at 166 Lemley Drive, Owens Cross Roads, on June 7, 2018. The Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences has identified the body, with dental records, as Mariah Feit Lopez, H/F, 13yoa. Mariah was a resident of Huntsville Alabama and an A/B Honor Roll student. The child’s grandmother/guardian, Oralia Mendoza, H/F, 49yoa is reported missing through Huntsville Police Department and may be endangered. Due to the investigation, specific details of the cause of death will not be released at this time, yet we confirm that we are seeking to identify a murder suspect(s). If you have any knowledge of Mendoza’s location or any information in regard to the two’s activities leading up to June 7, 2018 please contact the Sheriff’s Office at 256-533-8820 or 256-722-7181.


Oralia Mendoza

Hispanic Female

Dark Hair

5”6” in Height

135 Pounds

Unknown Clothing


No further details are available at this time. Any updates or further details will be distributed by the agency PIO.


Questions concerning this release may be directed to Madison County Sheriff’s Office PIO Lieutenant Donny Shaw at 256-532-3711 or