Officials search for Sampson County murder suspect


Deputies responded to a home on Garcia Family Lane in Magnolia just after 4:30 p.m. and found the body of 33-year-old Margarito Perez-Lopez.

Investigators believe Perez-Lopez was involved in a verbal argument with another man when gunfire broke out.

The suspect is a Hispanic male, approximately 5'6" tall, between 190 and 200 pounds, and reportedly goes by the names Noe Garcia Luna or Noe Garcia, according to witnesses. The suspect is 45 years old and lives on Mertina Road in Magnolia. Luna was last seen operating a tan/beige sport utility vehicle, possibly a Jeep Cherokee.

A warrant has been issued for Luna's arrest in the murder of Perez-Lopez.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Sampson County Sheriff's Office at (910) 592-4141.

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