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New details emerge on alleged Border Patrol serial killer

Little is known about Juan David "J.D." Ortiz, a local Border Patrol agent who has purportedly confessed to killing four women, and kidnapping another, in Webb County over the past couple of weeks, Via MySA

Ortiz lived in north Laredo, in the San Isidro subdivision outside Loop 20, on secluded Bur Oak Drive. He has a wife and two young children, the New York Times reported.

Ortiz enlisted in the Navy in July 2001 and served until May 2009, according to biographical data provided by the Navy.

Over the course of his military career, Ortiz was stationed in Great Lakes, Illinois; Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio; Camp Pendleton, California; Twenty-Nine Palms, California; and was stationed again at Fort Sam Houston from 2005 to 2009.

Ortiz's rank was hospital corpsman, 2nd class. He was awarded the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, the National Defense Service Medal and Rifle Marksmanship Ribbon while in the Navy.

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A Navy spokeswoman declined to answer questions about the nature of Ortiz's discharge or whether he'd been disciplined.

On Monday afternoon, no one answered the door at Ortiz's house, which appeared to be empty. County records show that Ortiz took out a $240,000 mortgage with his wife in December for their home in the upper-middle-class neighborhood. Officials have not released any information about his wife.

Records online show the two got married in Cameron County in 2004.

One of his neighbors described him and his wife as quiet, and that they kept to themselves. She said they built their house on Bur Oak recently, in the last couple of years.

Two other neighbors said they did not know the Ortizes at all. A next-door neighbor asked to be left alone.

LMT called a dozen of Ortiz and his wife's family members, but no one could be reached Monday.

Border Patrol said there was nothing in Ortiz's background suggesting he was capable of such crimes. At a news conference, a representative of the agency said he had a minor incident in his background, but they gave no details on it.

"We are trying to get into the mind of this killer, to figure out why he did this," Webb County District Attorney Isidro Alaniz said.

"We know he carried out these crimes in a cold, calloused fashion," added the district attorney, who said Ortiz had apparently gained the confidence of his victims, all sex workers, from prior contacts.

"There appears to have been a history between Ortiz and this community ... a community that is vulnerable, defenseless and has no voice," he said.

Via MySA

My view: Such an evil man, hope he's locked up for life

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