UPDATE: Man Charged in Killings of Two Men is in Custody; Not Eligible for Bail

An Upper Leacock Township man charged with killing two men earlier this week surrendered Friday.

Ezequiel B. Almodovar, 36, is charged with two counts of homicide for shooting Jonathan Rivera and Eugenio Morales-Torres Monday evening at Almodovar’s home on Hunsecker Road.

A warrant was active for Almodovar’s arrest since East Lampeter Township police filed charges on Wednesday afternoon.

Almodovar also is charged with arson, tampering with evidence, and two counts of abuse of a corpse.

He is presumed innocent.

District Judge Denise Commins arraigned Almodovar on all charges Friday afternoon. He is not eligible for bail.

Almodovar surrendered, with his attorney, at East Lampeter Township Police Department just after noon.

Rivera and Morales-Torres were found Tuesday morning in a burned vehicle parked on a farm lane on Charlestown Road in Manor Township.

The Lancaster County Coroner’s Office confirmed the decedents’ identities.

Police determined the burned vehicle belonged to Morales-Torres and was seen at Almodovar’s home on Monday night.

The investigation remains active. While no further charges have been filed at this time, police are investigating whether anyone else was involved in these criminal acts.

INFORMATION RELEASED JULY 29:

The ongoing investigation of two bodies found Tuesday in a burned vehicle in Manor Township has resulted in charges against an Upper Leacock Township.

Ezequiel B. Almodovar, 36, was charged Wednesday afternoon with two counts of homicide regarding the deaths of two men found in the burned vehicle.

The two decedents are Jonathan Rivera and Eugenio Morales-Torres.

Almodovar is presumed innocent.

The investigation of the deaths has involved numerous local agencies, to include East Lampeter Township police, Manor Township police, Pennsylvania State Police, the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office and the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office.

SHOOTINGS

Investigators determined Rivera and Morales-Torres were shot on Monday evening at Almodovar’s home at 1575 Hunsecker Road.

After being shot, both men were placed in the bed of Morales-Torres’ pickup truck. The truck was then driven to a farm lane on Charlestown Road and set on fire.

A woman who was an acquaintance and relative of the dead men contacted police Monday night and said the men were missing. The men had gone that day to visit “Zeke” (Almodovar’s nickname), police were told.

East Lampeter Township police went to Almodovar’s home, initially early Tuesday morning. Police gathered evidence outside the home and, later, during a search of the residence.

VEHICLE FIRE

Lancaster County-Wide Communications received a report of a vehicle fire at the Manor Township location Tuesday morning about 6:40 a.m. Police determined that fire scene was connected to the shootings.

The two burned bodies were in the bed of the truck. A Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal determined the fire to be arson.

Police determined the burned truck belonged to Morales-Torres.

Almodovar is also charged with arson, tampering with evidence, and two counts of abuse of a corpse.

ACTIVE INVESTIGATION

The investigation remains active. While no further charges have been filed at this time, police are investigating whether anyone else was involved in these criminal acts.

“This is a comprehensive investigation involving multiple crime scenes and numerous locations of interest in Lancaster County,” District Attorney Heather Adams said Wednesday. “The collaboration between law-enforcement agencies once again was outstanding and aided in the identification of Almodovar as being involved in the deaths of these two men.”

Assistant District Attorney Christopher E. Miller and First Assistant District Attorney Todd E. Brown consulted with police during the investigation and charging process.

We appreciated the patience of the public and media as investigators worked multiple incident locations to determine what took place.

(As stated earlier, we have found nothing to indicate these crimes are related to any previously existing investigations.)

We are respectfully requesting the media refrain from naming any witnesses (should that information become known) so not to endanger anyone, nor jeopardize the active ongoing investigation.

MEDIA CONTACT: Brett A. Hambright, 717-295-2041; bhambright@co.lancaster.pa.us; Twitter: @BrettHambright