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Police, FBI search for boy after mother found dead


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

Roswell police officially classified the death of a woman found dead in southeast Roswell Tuesday as a homicide, while police and the FBI were trying to locate the woman’s 3-year-old son and the boy’s father.

An Amber Alert was issued for Osiel Ernesto Rico, 3, Tuesday afternoon. (Submitted Photo)

Jorge Rico-Ruvira, 32, was named as a suspect in the death of Isela Mauricio-Sanchez, 27, Tuesday night. An Amber Alert was issued Tuesday afternoon for Osiel Ernesto Rico, 3 — who is the son of both the victim and Rico-Ruvira — soon after Mauricio-Sanchez was found 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 New Mexico State Police.

Jorge Rico-Ruvira (Submitted Photo)

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. He is 5 feet 8 inches tall with black hair and brown eyes.

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

Her body was found by one or more family members who had come to the house, Todd Wildermuth, public information officer with the Roswell Police Department, 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.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.

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