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Douglas County Sheriff has Omaha realtor homicide suspect in custody

Published: Dec. 30, 2020 at 3:13 PM CST
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office reported Wednesday that a suspect in the death of an Omaha realtor was in custody.

A DCSO spokesman told 6 News that Ross S. Lorello III had been identified as the suspect in the case. Lorello was booked into Douglas County Corrections on Wednesday afternoon facing one count of criminal homicide in the death of Michael “Mickey” Sodoro, an NP Dodge real-estate agent, according to a statement from the Sheriff’s Office.

Ross S. Lorello III was booked into Douglas County Corrections on Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 30,...
Ross S. Lorello III was booked into Douglas County Corrections on Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 30, 2020, to face one count of criminal homicide in the death of Michael “Mickey” Sodoro, an NP Dodge real-estate agent who was found dead Tuesday in a rental home in southwest Omaha.(Douglas County Sheriff's Office)

Douglas County Sheriff’s Capt. Eric Sellers confirmed Tuesday that the body found that morning in a rental property near 193rd Avenue and W Streets, in the Arbor Gate housing development, was that of Sodoro, who was reported missing Monday.

DCSO confirmed Wednesday that Sodoro had died of a gunshot wound. Investigators believe he went to meet Lorello at the home where he was found to show him the residence, the release states.

The investigation is ongoing, but a sheriff’s spokesman told 6 News that authorities believe there is no longer a threat to the public as it relates to this case.

DSCO had planned to have a news conference at 4 p.m. to share updates on the case, but had to cancel shortly before then.

Local realtor Jason Birnstihl told 6 News that the suspect was known to local realtors as troublesome.

“There are many dozens of agents who have had encounters with this guy, including me,” Birnstihl said in a text message. “He tried to get me to show him houses in the past, and I refused. Always really creepy and has been at it for quite some time.”

Birnstihl said he first met Lorello at an open house seven years ago.

Mourning their colleague, NP Dodge released the following statement Wednesday on Sodoro:

On behalf of the entire NP Dodge Company, we express our deepest condolences to the Mickey Sodoro family. Our hearts are...

Posted by NP Dodge Real Estate on Wednesday, December 30, 2020

On behalf of the entire NP Dodge Company, we express our deepest condolences to the Mickey Sodoro family. Our hearts are heavy for the pain and suffering his unexpected death has caused them.

Family was of the utmost importance to Mickey, and they were the reason he worked so hard. He was truly passionate about his work and colleagues, and that showed through in his dedication to both. Mickey’s legacy will live on in the many lives he touched.

We are grateful for the 27 years Mickey spent with our NP Dodge family. We will miss him greatly, and our hearts are with his family during this difficult time.

We thank everyone for the love and support they have offered on behalf of the Sodoro family. Please continue to keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

Reporter Lauren Melendez and photographer Roger Hamer contributed to this report.

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