Three men have been arrested on suspicion of murdering a Southern California couple who mysteriously disappeared three years ago.
The men were arrested last week for allegedly killing Audrey Moran and Jonathan Reynoso, who went missing in May 2017 without a trace, the Riverside County Sheriff’s department said in a press release. At the time, Moran was 26 years old and Reynoso was 28.
Police in Indio, California, who initially investigated the case told the Palm Springs Desert Sun three years ago that the couple’s disappearance was ‘completely out of character’ and that the pair had a good relationship with each other and their families.
Jonathan Reynoso, 28 (left), and his 26-year-old girlfriend, Audrey Moran (right), were reported missing in May 2017 in Southern California
Last week, deputies arrested Jesus Ruiz Jr., 41 (left); Manuel Rios, 28 (center), and Abraham Fregoso, 32 (right), on suspicion of murdering the young couple three years ago
Without going into any specifics, the sheriff’s office said information obtained during the lengthy investigation led to the arrests of Jesus Ruiz Jr., 41, of Stockton; Manuel Rios, 28, of Coachella, and Abraham Fregoso, 32, of Indio.
All three have been booked into Riverside County jails.
Records cited by the Desert Sun indicate that Fregoso was taken into custody on Friday at the California Men’s Colony, where he had been incarcerated for the past year on a drug possession conviction.
Ruiz was arrested on Friday morning in Stockton.
Rios has been in jail since February 5 on gun and drug charges.
A department spokesman declined to say how investigators connected the suspects to the case or how they know Moran and Reynoso have been killed, citing the ongoing probe.
According to the press release, at around noon on May 12, 2017, officers from the Palm Desert Police Department received a report of a missing man later identified as Reynoso, who was last seen two days earlier at his home in Palm Beach.
A friend told KESQ his last contact with Reynoso was at 9.05pm on May 10 in an Instagram group chat. His last message, which was in response to some funny memes, read: ‘I’m dying right now.’
His girlfriend, Moran, was reported missing the same day as Reynoso. She left work at around 8pm at Extra Space Storage on May 10, stopped by her sister’s house, then left again, telling her family she was going to pick up her boyfriend somewhere between Coachella and Imperial County.
But according to cell phone data, Moran never placed or received any calls from outside the eastern side of the Coachella Valley.
The last contact anyone had with the couple was the night of May 10, when Moran’s sister received a selfie taken sometime prior showing Moran and Reynoso at the man’s house.