BPD: convicted killer had missing man's truck, wanted for questioning

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Bakersfield Police are looking to question a convicted killer in connection with a missing man.

Refugio Torres, 45, was last heard from July 1. His family says he stopped showing up at work and did not come to visit his son on July 4.

According to a search warrant, on July 5, Torres' truck was discovered by his family at the Mars Collective pot shop on S. Union Avenue. When officers arrived, family identified Andrew Franco as the man in possession of the truck. Franco fled the scene before officers arrived.

Franco is on parole after a 2008 homicide; he entered a guilty plea on one count of manslaughter, in exchange for a second-degree murder charge being dropped. Police say in 2008, Franco was one of four people who beat and stabbed 18-year-old Albert Jordan Ortiz V, outside of a party in the 400 block of 9th Street.

Police say they are seeking to question Franco about why he had Torres' truck.

The warrant indicates officers believe Torres may be the victim of a violent crime, but does not implicate Franco, nor anyone else.

Refugio Torres is 5'8" tall, 180 pounds.

If you've seen either Refugio Torres or Andrew Franco, contact Bakersfield Police at 661-327-7111.


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