According to the Monterey County Sheriff’s Department, one person has turned himself in while another was added to the short list of those sought in a double homicide case involving the abduction of a girl from her south Monterey County home in San Ardo.
The Sheriff’s Office on Monday, after new twists and turns, identified Rogelio Aviles as the newest person of interest. Sheriffs said they believe he is traveling with the missing teen Eunice Serrato, 16, and Juan Manuel Salazar Jr., 19, allegedly her boyfriend.
An Amber Alert remains in effect as Serrato may be traveling against her will and the trio may be heading to Mexico. “Serrato may be traveling against her will and there is evidence they may be heading to Mexico,” said Commander Lisa Nash, adding, “That’s our understanding and that’s why we’re keeping the Amber Alert in place.”
According to the report released by the department, Juan Manual Salazar Sr., Salazar Jr.’s father, turned himself in Sunday at the South County Patrol Station in King City and was not taken into custody. Also according to the report, Serrato was missing Saturday night after her parents returned home to find two dead bodies in their house in the 62200 block of Railroad Avenue in San Ardo. Hector Reyes, 22, and Daniel Fraga, 25, were identified as the dead subjects.
At the time of the last story regarding this incident, Salazar Jr. and his father were named as persons of interest in the double homicide. Commander Jerry Teeter said Salazar Jr. remains a person of interest. Nash said few details were available at this time, including why Salazar Sr. turned himself in and what he might have to say.
Nash said Salazar Sr., 39, is the brother of Alfonso Salazar, who is accused in a separate case of shooting a man during a July 24 home invasion robbery in San Ardo. Alfonso Salazar, 33, is in custody on suspicion of firearms violations and attempted murder. Nash said a car associated with Aviles is described as a tan 2007 Honda Civic, with California license plate 6JUK098. Aviles, 21, is described as 5 feet 5 inches, between 150 to 170 pounds, black hair and brown eyes.
Salazar Jr. is described as 5 feet 8 inches tall, 150 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes, possibly wearing glasses. Serrato was last seen wearing a blue-and-white shirt, pink jacket, blue jeans and sandals. She is 5 feet 5 inches tall, 130 pounds with brown hair and eyes. Authorities say she has a “3/10/10” tattoo on her right middle finger with the words “LOVE” on the back. Serrato also has a “VELLEN” tattoo on her upper right leg, they said.
If you have any information, please call (831)385-8312.
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