A man wanted in the death of his roommate may be in South America, according to authorities. 

It was Nov. 29 when Gwinnett County Police upgraded the charges for a man connected to a homicide investigation at an apartment complex in Norcross.

Authorities charged Heraclio Solis-Ortiz, who is still not in custody, with felony murder and aggravated assault in the death of 52-year-old Geremias Barrios Diaz.

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Heraclio Solis-Ortiz
Heraclio Solis-Ortiz, 56, is considered a person of interest in the death of 52-year-old Geremias Barrios Diaz in Norcross.
Gwinnett County Police Department

Diaz was found dead in a unit at the Villas Del Camino Apartments last Friday. Investigators said there were signs of blunt force trauma. He was discovered in the kitchen when one of his roommates returned home.

Solis-Ortiz was Diaz' former roommate, and the two had an ongoing dispute, according to police. When police arrived to find Diaz's body, all of Solis-Ortiz’s belongings had been moved out of the apartment.

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Solis-Ortiz, 56, was not known to drive a car, so police initially believed he might still be in the Norcross area. However, after further investigating, local authorities and the FBI believe he may have passed through Pervian customs recently and is still on the run.

He only speaks Spanish and is about 5'7" tall, about 180 pounds and has a muscular build, according to police.

Anyone who has seen him or might know his whereabouts is asked to call Gwinnett County Police at 770-513-5300. 

Those who wish to remain anonymous can also contact Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or visit the Crime Stoppers' website. Crime Stoppers tipsters can receive up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case.