Missing California boy Roman Lopez: Mom learned of his death from news story

A woman who says she is the mother of a Placerville boy found
dead said she learned the horrifying news from an article
online.

Rochelle Lopez spoke to Sacramento TV station KOVR about the
death of Roman Lopez, the 11-year-old who went missing
Saturday.

“I had to find out my son died from a news article. Nobody
called me, his dad didn’t call me,” she said.

Rochelle Lopez, who lives in Wisconsin, says she lost custody of
her only son to his father after she returned from military service
in Iraq with post-traumatic stress disorder and an addiction to
painkillers.  Since then, she said, “I’ve been trying to
follow him from state to state to state so I could be with
Roman.”

The Placerville police have released few details about the death
of Roman. Several hours after he was reported missing, the police
said only that he had been found. It wasn’t until Sunday
afternoon that they revealed he was dead. They called the
circumstances “suspicious.”

“We’re trying to keep as few details as possible (in) the
public domain,” Police Chief Jim Ortega told KOVR, citing the
demands of the investigation.

Lopez’s father and stepmother had reportedly moved in December
from Michigan to a home on Coloma Street, across from that of
Placerville’s mayor. They brought along seven children: Roman,
three other of his father’s children and three children who were
in the care of the stepmother.

That house was the focus of crime scene investigators on
Sunday.

A Michigan woman, Kira Sutkay, told
the Sacramento Bee
that the three other children are hers and
that she had put them in the care of a woman named Lindsay Piper,
who late last year left Michigan without Sutkay’s knowledge.

She said she was told that the six children are now in the care
of El Dorado County Child Protective Services. That agency would
not confirm the information.

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Sutkay identified Lindsay Piper’s husband as Jordan Piper. She
told the Bee she recognized in news video from Placerville the
silver pickup truck that he had used in his work as a lineman in
Michigan. Piper’s name was on the fliers that were posted in
Placerville when the boy went missing.
Source: FS – All – Interesting – News 2
Missing California boy Roman Lopez: Mom learned of his death from news story