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UPDATED: Amber alert issued for missing 3-year-old boy


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Osiel Ernesto Rico

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include new contact information for law enforcement agencies investigating the incident.

New Mexico State Police on behalf of the Roswell Police Department issued an Amber Alert Tuesday for a 3-year-old boy, after his mother was found dead in what investigators describe as a suspicious death and potential homicide.

The alert was issued for Osiel Ernesto Rico, 3, Tuesday afternoon, hours after police found the boy’s mother, Isela Mauricio-Sanchez, 27, dead.

Rico is described as Hispanic and 2 feet 6 inches tall, 40 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

The boy is missing and believed to be in danger, according to a press release issued Tuesday by State Police.

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Rico is thought to be with his father, Jorge Rico-Ruvira, 32. Rico-Ruvira is believed to be driving a 2003 maroon GMC Yukon SUV with New Mexico turquoise centennial plate MNF231 and possibly heading for Mexico, according to the press release.

Rico-Ruvira is 5 feet 8 inches tall with black hair and brown eyes, according to the press release.

Jorge Rico-Ruvira

Police found Sanchez dead Tuesday at a 600 block of East Forest Street residence, after they responded to an assistance call.

The body was found by one or more family members of the victim who came to the house, Todd Wildermuth, public information officer with the Roswell Police Department, said.

Sanchez’s death is being investigated as a potential homicide in accordance with protocol, though as of Tuesday afternoon it was not being officially classified as such, Wildermuth said.

Anyone with information relative to the Amber Alert involving Osiel Ernesto Rico and homicide suspect Jorge Rico-Ruvira — and the maroon GMC Yukon they were believed to have been in at some point — can now call the New Mexico Department of Public Safety Missing Persons Clearinghouse at 1-800-457-3463.

Information can also be called in to the Roswell Police Department at 575-624-6770.

Suspect vehicle

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