September 1, 2016
Bill Eddins, State Attorney for the First Judicial Circuit, announced today that Oscar Castaneda-Lopez, of Santa Rosa Beach, was indicted by the Grand Jury in and for Okaloosa County on a charge of First Degree Premeditated Murder With a Deadly Weapon.
Castaneda-Lopez is charged with the murder of Osvaldo Torres-Michua. The victim was reported missing on August 2, 2016. Law enforcement located a large amount of blood within the victim’s townhome in Destin, but the victim was not in the residence and his family and employer had not heard from him in several days.
Through subsequent investigation, law enforcement interviewed Fidel Gonzalez, who indicated that Castaneda-Lopez had requested help in removing the body. Evidence from the scene and witness interviews corroborated the details provided by Gonzalez, who then led law enforcement to the burial site in Walton County where the victim’s body was recovered. Gonzalez is currently charged with Accessory After the Fact to Murder.
The investigation was conducted by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement with assistance from the Walton County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant State Attorney Angela Mason presented the case to the Grand Jury, and Assistant State Attorney Clifton Drake will be responsible for prosecuting the case at trial.