According to Roseville Police Department, three suspects were arrested on Friday, March 28 in connection to the March 2013 murder of John Paul Alpert, 19, of Palmdale, according to an official press release.
Laura Lee Kenner, 30, was reportedly arrested by local authorities in Farmington, New Mexico, while Jules Clifford Carrillo, 21, and Edward Taylor Anauo, 23, were reportedly arrested by the Nebraska City Police Department in Nebraska. The three are reportedly being held without bail on suspicion of homicide, awaiting extradition back to Placer County.
According to Roseville PD, on March 15, 2013, someone fishing in Dry Creek near Atkinson Street found human remains near the creek bed. In late June 2013, the Placer County Coroner reportedly identified the deceased person as a Los Angeles County missing person — John Paul Alpert, 19, of Palmdale.
During the investigation, Roseville detectives reportedly learned Alpert had lived at home, helping his parents and attending community college. He had reportedly left Palmdale on March 10, 2013, for a first-time adventure illegally riding the freight train rails. He had reportedly communicated with his family every day until March 17, and then all communications had stopped, and his worried family had reported his missing to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office.
Roseville detectives reportedly determined that Alpert had arrived in Roseville on a freight train between March 16 and 17, where he was killed near a freight train rider’s encampment.
With the help of Roseville PD’s transient officer, David Flood, detectives reportedly researched the community and lifestyle of cross-country freight train riders, and eventually identified potential suspects, with the investigation leading to the issuance of Placer County arrest warrants for three experienced freight train riders.
Roseville detectives would like to thank the Placer County District Attorney’s Office, Union Pacific Railroad Police Department, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, the California Department of Justice, the Farmington (New Mexico) Police Department, and the Nebraska City Police Department for their assistance with this case.
Update – 5/12/14 – Laura Kenner was sent from New Mexico to Placer County last week, May 8 in preparation for the trial, scheduled to begin May 20th, along with Carrillo and Anauo.
Roseville Press Tribune: Police make inter-state arrests in Roseville train-hopper murder