The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office responded to Legion Village Apartments at 734 Legion Drive on August 2nd to conduct a welfare check on 36-year old Osvaldo Torres-Michua. Michua’s boss was concerned because he had not turned up for work. He went by Michua’s apartment and noted what appeared to be spots of blood on a second floor sliding glass door. Deputies who responded made entry and did not locate Michua, but found blood stains in additional areas throughout the unit.
Over the course of the investigation, the OCSO developed information that 29-year old Fidel Michua-Gonzalez of 108 Don Bishop Road in Santa Rosa Beach had helped Oscar Castaneda-Lopez dispose of Torres-Michua’s body somewhere in south Walton County. The OCSO led a multi-agency search Tuesday off Chat Holley Road, after Gonzalez led them to an area where he believed the body was buried.
Michua’s body was found August 8th in a shallow grave off 16th Street in south Walton County in a wooded and swampy area.
The Medical Examiner’s Office says preliminary indications are that Michua suffered a fatal neck wound caused by a sharp object. It appears the motivation for the crime was Castaneda’s anger over the victim having an affair with Castaneda’s wife.
A warrant has been issued for Castaneda-Lopez charging him with first degree premeditated murder. Lopez is currently being held at the Walton County Jail on unrelated charges
A warrant has been issued for Michua-Gonzalez charging him with accessory after the fact to first degree premeditated murder. He is also currently being held in the Walton County Jail on unrelated charges. Investigators say he helped Castaneda-Lopez clean up blood at Torres-Michua’s apartment and transport Torres-Michua’s body to the site in south Walton County, where they buried him.
The OCSO has been assisted in this investigation by the FDLE, Walton County Sheriff’s Office, Bay County Search and Rescue Unit, State Attorney’s Office, and Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission.