The nationwide search for the person accused of killing a Franklin County man has been ongoing for more than four years, but authorities are not giving up.
Vincente "Vichola" Soto, 34, is wanted in connection with the Aug. 7, 2005, shooting death of Dionicio Bahena, 31, of Russellville.
Soto is one of several people Franklin County authorities have active warrants on. Soto remains the most high-profile case, however, and tops the list of Franklin County's most wanted.
Franklin County Sheriff Larry Plott said his office has followed every lead concerning Soto's whereabouts.
U.S. Marshals and the FBI are assisting in the search.
Franklin County officials said fugitive-from-justice warrants and murder warrants for Soto's arrest were issued just hours after authorities say Soto shot Bahena outside a residence on Franklin 48 east of Russellville.
Investigators say Soto should be considered dangerous.
Franklin County District Attorney Joey Rushing said the most-wanted list includes a wide range of crimes.
"From murder to escape to manufacturing drugs to theft of property," Rushing said.
He said Soto and Jairo "Buldro" Gilberto, 32, are two of the highest-profile cases.
Gilberto is wanted by the Franklin County Sheriff's Office and Homeland Security on charges of escape, being an illegal alien with a weapon, carrying a concealed weapon, carrying a pistol without a permit, forgery and giving false information to law enforcement.
Rushing said tips have been received that Gilberto and Soto could be together.
"It would be great if we could find two of our most dangerous criminals and get them into custody," Rushing said.
Soto, who is originally from Mexico, has been profiled on television's "America's Most Wanted." He had lived in Franklin County for about 10 years when the shooting took place.
Investigators say the shooting was the result of a "lover's triangle" involving Soto, Bahena and a 16-year-old girl.
Reports indicate Soto and the girl lived together at a trailer park on Franklin 48. The shooting took place outside their residence.
Bahena, who lived about a half-mile west of the residence, reportedly went to the trailer park to meet the girl.
Investigators say when the victim pulled up to the residence, Soto came out and started shooting into Bahena's car.
Bahena was shot several times and died later at Russellville Hospital.
Russellville Police also are looking for Rodney Marion Tigner, 46, 575 Payne Creek Lot 187, Russellville, who is wanted for third-degree burglary and second-degree theft of property.
Police Chief Chris Hargett said Tigner is accused of breaking into Taco Bell on U.S. 43, in Russellville, in 2009 and stealing $8,000.
Investigator Lt. Scotty Lowery said Tigner was the manager of the business when the money came up missing.
"He also reported a robbery in 2009 that we believe he staged and stole that money as well," Lowery said.
"Usually, the only way to find these people who are running and hiding is through tips and the help of the public," Rushing said. "Thankfully, the number of cases solved or fugitives caught with the help of the public is very high.
"These are some of the most serious offenders (we have in the county), and we need the public's help to put these people away."
Anyone with information about any of Franklin County's most wanted is asked to call their local law enforcement agency or Shoals Area CrimeStoppers at 386-8685.
Tom Smith can be reached at 740-5757 or tom.smith@TimesDaily.com.