Ottawa dad beaten to death in El Salvador

An Ottawa family is grieving the death of Ricardo Hernandez, 64, who was found murdered in El...

An Ottawa family is grieving the death of Ricardo Hernandez, 64, who was found murdered in El Salvador on June 20, 2013. (Facebook Photo)

Danielle Bell, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:47 PM ET

OTTAWA - An Ottawa family are desperately looking for answers after their father was brutally beaten to death in El Salvador.

The body of Ricardo Hernandez, 64, was found wrapped in plastic bags and sheets on Thursday, about 100 km from his home in Quezaltepeque.

He had been beaten, strangled and dumped, his family says, adding they fear their family is being targeted after Hernandez’s daughter was also shot.

“We just want to find out who did this to our father,” said Carolina Hernandez, 40, who lives in Ottawa. “My dad was a really good man. We want somebody to be held accountable.”

Ricardo Hernandez lived alone, but his daughter, Maria Enriques, visited him daily to prepare dinner.

She made dinner Tuesday night and left as usual. When she returned on Wednesday, the food was untouched.

Calls to his cellphone went unanswered, which the family said is unusual.

Hernandez was reported missing Thursday, the same day his body was found, dumped alongside a river.

Enriques was shot in the shoulder later that day.


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