More reward money is being offered for information that results in the capture and arrest of a man suspected of strangling to death his girlfriend and then absconding with their 3-year-old son.
Chaves County Crime Stoppers is offering up to $1,000 for information on the whereabouts of Jorge Ernesto Rico-Ruvira, 32, according to a press release issued Wednesday by the Roswell Police Department.
He is wanted in connection with the death of Isela-Mauricio-Sanchez, 27. She was found dead by relatives Jan. 7 in the bedroom of the couple’s 600 block East Forest Street residence in Roswell. He is believed to have then taken the couple’s 3-year-old son, Osciel Ernesto Rico.
A Mexico native, Rico-Ruvira is thought to have possibly returned to his home country following the alleged homicide. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) told the Roswell Daily Record in January that Rico-Ruvira was in the United States illegally at the time of the homicide.
He faces state charges of first-degree murder, willful and deliberate; bribery of a witness; and abuse of a child, in addition to a federal charge of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.
Rico-Ruvira is described as Hispanic, 5 feet, 8 inches tall with black hair, brown eyes and possibly driving a 2003 GMC Yukon SUV with New Mexico turquoise centennial plate number MNF231.
Osiel Rico is 2 feet, 6 inches tall, weighing 40 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.
More information is available about Rico-Ruvira at www.fbi.gov/wanted/murders/jorge-ernesto-rico-ruvira.
People with information can contact the Roswell Police Department at 575-624-6770, Chaves County Crime Stoppers at 1-888-594-TIPS, New Mexico Department of Public Safety Missing Persons Clearinghouse at 1-800-457-3463 or the FBI at 505-889-1300.
Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.