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S.L. police seek 2 men in connection to killing of man found in parking lot

SALT LAKE CITY — Police are seeking the public's help locating two people believed to be connected to the killing of a man in Salt Lake City last month.

Lucas Troy Neilson, 36, and Alfredo Lolani, 25, are wanted in connection with the death of Mauricio Martinez, 31, whose body was found in a parked car in Cottonwood Heights on May 27.

Police say Martinez was most likely killed in another location in Salt Lake City before his body was brought to a Mountain America Credit Union parking lot, 6440 S. 3000 East in Cottonwood Heights, and left inside a car there.

"Homicide detectives would like to give these suspects an opportunity to turn themselves in," Salt Lake police said in a statement Thursday.

Neilson and Lolani are both known gang members and should be considered armed and dangerous, police said.

Two other men, Jorge Arturo Castanon-Serrano, 35, and Marco Antonio Garcia, 25, were charged last week with murder and aggravated robbery, first-degree felonies, in Martinez's death.

Martinez died from a gunshot wound to his neck. Castanon-Serrano and Garcia were part of a "robbery gone bad," according to the criminal charges filed last week. Both of them allegedly admitted to setting up Martinez and another person to be robbed at gunpoint in an industrial business area at 1032 S. Redwood Road. Castanon-Serrano and Garcia wanted to take Martinez's vehicle and his money, police said.

Police also confirmed Thursday that they are seeking help locating Jamie Clarissa George, 34, for questioning about the incident. George is not considered a suspect or person of interest, but is believed to be a witness, according to authorities. She is described as about 5 feet tall, weighing about 120 pounds with a thin build, hazel eyes and blond hair.

Court documents and investigators have not yet explained how each of the men may have known each other, why the incident turned into a killing and who is believed to have shot Martinez.

Investigators are asking Neilson and Lolani, or anyone with information about their whereabouts, to call Salt Lake police at 801-799-3000. Anonymous tipsters may also text the department at 274637 by starting the message with TIPSLCPD and referencing case No. 16-93368.

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