New Details in Bay Body Bags Mystery

Police have released new information about last time Osben Laparra was seen alive

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    Police are hoping a bicyclist who is believed to have been one of the last people to see Osben Laparra alive will come forward.

    Miami police released more details about the last time anyone saw Osben Laparra alive days before his body parts stuffed in plastic bags started floating to the surface in Biscayne Bay.

    According to officials, two men -- 30-something, Latin, medium complexion, they believe -- were seen carrying Laparra into a car around 4 a.m. on May 31 outside Little Havana club El Mexicano, where Laparra's brother left him around midnight.

    While one man was driving what was believed to be a tan car, the other is believed to have left via bicycle.

    ''We're releasing this in the hope that the individual on the bike -- if he was just assisting -- comes forward,'' said Officer Jeff Giordano, a Miami police spokesman told The Miami Herald, ''or anyone who recalls any particulars of seeing that occur to call us.''

    Laparra was a Guatemalan immigrant who worked in Little Havana as a carpenter. He lived in an apartment in Little Havana with his brother and sister, sending money back to his family in Guatemala.

    Friends and family remembered Laparra as a hard-working man who stayed out of trouble.

    "It's saddening, I just can't get over the fact that he's away, that he's not with us anymore," said friend Stephanie Suazo. "He was such a good person, we only have good memories of him. I just didn't believe that they had killed him that way."

    Police are asking anyone with information to call Miami homicide at 305-579-6530 or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.