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Elias Burgos, 36, of Milwaukee, is being sought for the murder of a Milwaukee woman, who was found with a gunshot wound to the head in 2000.

Burgos, who is the second person to be charged with the murder of 39-year-old Juanita Zdroik, is believed to be in Puerto Rico, according to Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling.

The Racine County District Attorney’s Office filed a first-degree intentional homicide charge Wednesday against Burgos on Wednesday. If convicted of the charge, he faces life in prison.

Milwaukee Detective Links Murders

According to the criminal complaint, deputies responded to a report of a woman’s body being found on the side of the road on Feb. 7, 2000, in the 6600 block of Highway K. The shooting was found to be connected to a double murder that happened on the same day.

Miguel Cruz, 39, of Milwaukee, was charged as a co-defendant in Zdroik’s homicide on Aug. 21.

Lamont Cole and Samuel Burns were found shot to death on Feb. 7, 2000, near a home at 3535 North 10th Street in Milwaukee. A detective with the Milwaukee Police Department told investigators with the Racine County Sheriff’s Department on Jan. 3, 2017 that Cole’s blood was found on Zdroik’s pants, which connected the three murders. Cruz was convicted of the murder of Cole and Burns. A witness in those cases told investigators that he witnessed Zroik’s murder.

He explained that Cole and Burns met up with Cruz and Burgos at a known drug house in Milwaukee to buy cocaine. Once the transaction had taken place, Zdroik offered to take Cole and Burns in her car to the north side of Milwaukee. Cruz, Burgos, and Jose Sanchez traveled in a van and followed them into an alley. Sanchez shot Cole and Burns, then lit the car on fire.

3 Murder Victims Shot

Zdroik cried hysterically and kept saying, “He killed them, he killed them.” She then demanded a new car and money.

Sanchez made a phone call to another person and reported: “The job is done.” The person they were talking to believed that Cole and Burns were “snitches.” Cruz and Burgos then told the witness that they were going to take Zdroik to Chicago and “give her money and a new car.”

The witness, JA, Bergos and Cruz then pulled off the freeway on Highway K, shoved Zdroik out of the van and shot her in the head. They then ran over her body with the van several times saying: “This is what happens to snitches!”

Cruz is being held on a $500,000 cash bond. An arrest warrant and criminal complaint were also filed Against Sanchez in Milwaukee County last month.

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.