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A man has been indicted in a 2011 murder case in which a 34-year-old hairdresser was beaten to death and left in a rental home.

Jose Angel Hernandez, 41, is a suspect in the killing of Jeimy Baquero, who was found inside the closet of a home on Shady Oak Drive in Ooltewah, according to the Hamilton County District Attorney's Office. The indictment was handed down Monday by a Hamilton County grand jury.

A homeowner called police on Aug. 4, 2011, and said he found a body in a home that he had been renting out. He also said he had recently evicted the tenant.

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Jose Angel Hernandez / Photo provided by Hamilton County District Attorney's Office


Baquero's body was wrapped in a blanket. Her head had been struck 12 times, sustaining numerous skull fractures; her back four times; her abdomen twice; and her forearms and hands were a solid mass of bruises, according to the medical examiner's report.

A warrant for first-degree murder was issued for Hernandez at the time. Authorities have previously said he may have fled to Mexico. He also goes by the aliases Carlos Frausto and Renee Hernandez.

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Jeimy Baquero, 34, was found dead in the basement closet of a home in Ooltewah. Jose Angel Lopez Hernandez is wanted in her murder.


In a statement Wednesday, the Hamilton County District Attorney's Office said its Cold Case Unit has been re-examining the case in the hopes of finding information that may lead to his arrest.

Anyone with information is asked to call the cold case hotline at 423-209-7470.

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