Suspect named, mother charged in murder

Published 12:00 am Saturday, June 11, 2011

The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office arrested a woman this morning in connection with Thursday’s shooting death of a 29-year-old man and is now looking for her son as a suspect.
Maria Castro, 38, of 2110 Harrison Road, was arrested and charged at 10:30 a.m. today with accessory to first degree murder after the fact. She is currently being held in the Rowan County Detention Center under $250,000 bond.
The sheriff’s office has issued a warrant for her son, Jose “Daniel” Torres Castro, 23, also of 2110 Harrison Road. Attempts to locate him have so far been unsuccessful, said a press release sent around 3 a.m. today by a sheriff’s detective.
According to the press release, detectives discovered evidence that links Daniel Castro to the murder of Guillermo Montes-Gonzales, 29, of 165 S. Oakhurst Lane. Montes-Gonzales was found dead with multiple gunshot wounds early Thursday morning in a cul-de-sac at the end of Barley Run, located off Oak Mountain Road in western Rowan County.
During the course of their investigation, detectives found Montes-Gonzalez’s missing blue Plymouth van at 2110 Harrison Road and developed Daniel Castro as a possible suspect. The sheriff’s office said he and his mother, Maria Castro, had made attempts to move and hide the van after the shooting, but they failed to do so before detectives discovered it.
The sheriff’s office is continuing its search and investigation. Anyone with information about the investigation or the location of Daniel Castro is asked to call Detective Adam Loflin (704) 216-8686 or Lt. Chad Moose (704) 216-8687.