Omaha Police arrest woman for man’s death at Highland Tower

Autum Acacia-Cortez mugshot
Autum Acacia-Cortez mugshot(PHOTO: Omaha Police Department)
Published: Jan. 20, 2021 at 3:50 PM CST
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Omaha Police arrested a woman on Saturday in relation to the man who died at Highland Tower.

Autum Acacia-Cortez, 37, was booked in Douglas County for first-degree murder, use of a weapon, and tampering with evidence.

On Jan. 21, officers went to the Highland Tower near South 24th Street for a wellness check at 3:44 a.m. They found Jose Martinez, 85, dead when they arrived.

Jose Martinez
Jose Martinez(PHOTO: Omaha Police Department)

The Homicide Unit is looking for Francisco Santiago, 53, to check on his safety. Santiago has a missing left eye and an artificial right leg.

Francisco Santiago
Francisco Santiago(PHOTO: Omaha Police Department)

Anyone can call the Homicide Unit at 402-444-5656 if they have any information about Santiago.

Any tips to leading an arrest are eligible for a $25,000 reward. Anyone can call Omaha Crime Stoppers anonymously at 402-444-STOP (7867) or at or at

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