Nemacolin man guilty of murder

April 11, 2013

A judge in Comonfort, Guanajuato, Mexico, found a Nemacolin man guilty this week of the 2003 murder of a 16-year old boy in a Mexican hotel.

Dylan Ryan Johnson, 30, has been sentenced to 13 years in prison in the death of Hilario Garcia Rosales.

Johnson was extradited to Mexico in December on charges that he raped and murdered Rosales and then fled to the United States. U.S. Marshals from the Western Pennsylvania Fugitive Task Force arrested Johnson Feb. 7, 2012, at his Nemacolin home.

The hotel owner, J. Esteban Carlos Garfias Cambron, told police an intoxicated Johnson came to the hotel driving a green pickup truck and he saw him motion for the boy, later identified as Rosales. Cambron said both entered the room. Cambron’s wife found the boy’s body after a maid reported knocking on the room door with no answer. The medical examiner determined the cause of death was asphyxia by strangulation. He ruled the time of death to be around 2 a.m., the time Johnson left the hotel and sped off in his truck, according to hotel staff.

The victim’s father, Alfredo Garcia Garcia, told police his son worked as an assistant bricklayer with Johnson and would sometimes sleep at Johnson’s house.

Teodora Rosales Garcia, Hilario’s mother, said Johnson sometimes gave her son hats and shirts. The Garcias said Hilario told them Johnson was going to take him to the United States and lend him money so he could travel.

Witness, Alfredo Mendoza Palacios told police Johnson asked for a ride to the bus station four days after the murder, despite owning his own truck. Palacios said he believed Johnson was going on a trip because he was carrying a backpack.

Mexican police found Johnson’s pickup truck at his house with photocopies of his U.S. passport and State of Ohio identification card inside the truck. Johnson previously lived in Toledo, Ohio.

Tara Kinsell started her career in journalism with the National Geographic Insider Magazine and the Gaithersburg Gazette Newspaper in Montgomery County, Md. Tara has written and photographed sports, features and news stories for the Herald Standard, Greene County Messenger and Albert Gallatin Weekly. She holds degrees in journalism and graphic design from Waynesburg College, now Waynesburg University, and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, respectively.

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