Murder warrant issued for Calif. teen

Associated Press / December 5, 2009

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HEMET, Calif. - Police said yesterday that they have issued a murder arrest warrant for one of two missing Southern California teens and believe charred and fragmented human remains found in the suspect’s Riverside County backyard belong to the other youth.

Police are seeking Jose Campos, 17, and arrested his stepfather and mother, Jose and Maria Seym, late Thursday on suspicion of being accessories to murder, said Hemet police Captain Tony Margis.

Police have also issued an arrest warrant for Felicia Sharp, 17, and a 21-year-old man named Rene Lopez-Fregozo, Margis said.

Lopez-Fregozo is wanted for being an accessory to murder, police said. It wasn’t immediately clear what charges Sharp could face.

Authorities believe the charred remains found last month in a firepit behind Campos’s house are those of 17-year-old Adrian Rios, although they are awaiting the results of DNA testing on some of the remains, including a severed foot.

Results could take several weeks.

Investigators believe Rios was shot and was dead when his body was placed in the firepit, Margis said.

Police have not recovered a weapon and have not determined a motive, he said.

At least six people were in Campos’s house during the alleged slaying or immediately after the crime, said Police Chief Richard Dana.

The investigation began Nov. 17 when Rios’s mother, Elodia Lopez, reported him missing.

Lopez last saw her son two days before, when he went to Campos’s house to watch a football game, authorities have said.

When he didn’t come home, his mother went to Campos’s house. She found no one home. In the backyard, she saw a bloody sneaker and found drag marks in the dirt.

Lopez told police that the sneaker looked like her son’s shoe, according to a search warrant affidavit filed in the case.

Police also noted a number of flies clustered on a saturated area of the ground, according to the warrant, first obtained by The Press-Enterprise newspaper.

Sharp, who is Campos’s girlfriend, was initially reported missing, but she came forward last week and told police she had been staying with her mother, who is separated from her father.

Margis said detectives do not believe she was truthful during a two-hour interview last week.

She has since run away, Margis said.

Also missing is the Campos family’s white Chevy Tahoe.

Hemet is a city of about 58,000 southeast of Los Angeles.