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Arrest warrant issued for homicide suspect


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

A man suspected of abducting his three-year-old son and killing the boy’s mother has been charged with first-degree murder.

Jorge Rico-Ruvira

Police obtained an arrest warrant Wednesday night for Jorge Rico-Ruvira, 32, charging him with first-degree murder, Todd Wildermuth, public information officer with the Roswell Police Department, said.

Rico-Ruvira is accused in what was initially described by police as the “suspicious death” of Isela Mauricio-Sanchez, 27, of Roswell.

The woman was found dead inside a residence in the 600 block of East Forest Street in southeast Roswell.

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Rico-Ruvira is believed to have fled with his three-year-old son, Osiel Ernesto Rico.

An Amber Alert was issued by New Mexico State Police on behalf of Roswell Police for Rico Tuesday afternoon. State Police said the child is missing and believed to be in danger.

The FBI is working with Roswell Police to find the missing child.

An Amber Alert was issued for Osiel Ernesto Rico, 3, Tuesday afternoon.

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

Police believe Rico-Ruvira is driving a 2003 maroon GMC Yukon SUV with New Mexico turquoise centennial license plate number MNF231, according to a press release issued by State Police Tuesday.

Rico-Ruvira is described as 5 feet 8 inches tall with black hair and brown eyes.

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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