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Pasco searches for victims' relatives

Pasco investigators are trying to find witnesses and are interviewing relatives of five men killed six years ago in a bloody massacre after a suspect in the slayings was arrested this week.

Pasco police spent Thursday talking with relatives of the five killed on Oct. 13, 1987, at Medina's Body Shop in Pasco near A and Oregon streets. They are trying to find the families of all five and witnesses to the crime, said Capt. Mike Monroe.

According to police, some being sought for interviews still live in the Tri-City area, while others have moved away.

Meanwhile, suspect Pedro Reyna Mendez, 31, remains in jail in South Texas, where he was arrested Sunday. His brother, Vicente Mendez Ruiz, also a suspect in the murders, remains at large. Texas law officers said Thursday they believe he is in Mexico.

Monroe said investigators are uncertain if Mendez will be brought to Pasco to face five counts of aggravated first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder.

Mendez has the right to fight being returned to Pasco, Monroe said.

"If he waives extradition, he could be up here in about a week. If he doesn't, it could take about a month or more," Monroe said.

He said he has talked daily with Texas officials on the case.

"He is doing good. But he and I never talk about his trial or that whole issue. He doesn't want to talk to me about it. I guess he doesn't want to worry me," she said in Spanish. "When I visit him, my only concern is that he is doing good."

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