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New hotline established for missing boy

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

People can call a state-operated hotline with any information they have about a young Roswell boy believed to have been abducted by his father — a suspect in the homicide of the boy’s mother.

Anyone with information involving 3-year-old Osiel Ernesto Rico and his father Jorge Rico-Ruvira, 32, can contact the New Mexico Department of Public Safety Missing Person Clearinghouse at 1-800-457-3463, Todd Wildermuth, Roswell Police Department public information officer said Thursday.

Information in the case can also continue to be reported directly to Roswell Police at 575-624-6770.

Wildermuth said Thursday evening that there had not been any new developments in the case. 

Roswell Police, working with the FBI, believe Rico-Ruvira fled to Mexico with Rico, after allegedly killing the boy’s mother Isla Mauricio-Sanchez, 27. A warrant has since been issued for Rico-Ruvira on one count of first-degree murder.

Mauricio-Sanchez was found dead Tuesday at a 600 block of East Forest Street residence, where she resided with Rico-Ruvira, Rico and Mauricio-Sanchez’s 8-year-old daughter, according to documents filed Wednesday in Chaves County Magistrate Court.

An autopsy later determined injuries on Mauricio-Sanchez were consistent with a strangulation, documents state.

Rico is described as Hispanic and 2 feet 6 inches tall, and 140 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. Rico-Ruvira is 5 feet 8 inches tall with black hair and brown eyes. He is also believed to have been driving a maroon 2003 GMC Yukon SUV with New Mexico Turquoise centennial license plate number MNF231.

Police arrested Rico-Ruvira on at least one prior occasion Oct. 21, 2019, for aggravated battery on a household member.

Court documents state Mauricio-Sanchez told police after the incident that she and Rico-Ruvira had argued after he accused her of having an affair. When she went to go lay down on the bed, he then started strangling her with his hands and telling her to die.

Family members urged Mauricio-Sanchez after the November incident to leave Rico-Ruvira, but she said that she wanted to remain with him and work things out.

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