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Metro Police working two homicides in last 24 hours

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB)--A teenager on a walk finds of the body of a man who had been shot to death.  It is just one of two recent murder investigations that has Metro Police asking for help.

Thursday night the body of 32-year-old Andre Mayes was found in a wooded area off Brook Bend Way in Okolona.  "They took a walk to the park and coming back from the park they seen the body in the woods," says Mark Goins, whose daughter found the body.

The body was discovered by Goins' 13-year-old daughter.  He says, "They seen arms and legs sticking out. I guess it was covered with something, I'm not sure."

Metro Police detectives and crime scene technicians returned to the scene Friday morning.  They were looking for more evidence in the case. Meanwhile, Goins and other neighbors are pretty confident the victim was shot to death right there.

"It didn't all start to make sense until later," says Goins.  That's when Goins remembered something he heard the day before. "I remembered hearing the shots while I was cooking Wednesday morning."

Police confirmed Mayes was shot to death.  "I've shot guns before, it wasn't firecrackers."

Meanwhile, across town, police are working another homicide investigation in PRP.  "Once we got in and started looking at it, it was an obvious homicide," says Lt. Todd Kessinger, with LMPD Homicide.

In this case, the victim -- identified as 62-year-old Tondelia Zapata -- was found inside her apartment on Sedge Drive. Police believe her husband -- 53-year-old Steven Zapata -- killed her. 

Tondelia Zapata was pronounced dead at 3:50 p.m. Thursday. Metro Police have requested that the cause of death be withheld.

Lt. Kessinger says, "We don't have a reason as to why the homicide occurred but we have credible information and he currently has an active warrant on him."

Police believe Zapata may have left the area and could be driving a 2010 black Hyundai Sonata, with Kentucky license tag 540 KTE.

"We don't have the exact location of where he's at, we have a pretty good idea of different places that we are currently looking but we do think that he has left the city of Louisville," says Lt. Kessinger.

Anyone with information about either murder should call the LMPD crime tipline at 574-LMPD (574-5673). Callers can remain anonymous.

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