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Man Arrested in Alleged Murder of Missing Coachella Valley Couple Due in Court

BANNING (CNS) – A felon accused in the killing of a Coachella Valley couple who went missing more than three years ago is expected to make his initial court appearance Wednesday. Jesus Ruiz Jr., 41, is suspected of helping two other men after they allegedly killed Audrey Moran, 26, and Jonathan Reynoso, 28, sometime after the couple disappeared on May 10, 2017. Jesus Ruiz Jr. Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco said during a news conference Tuesday the victims were known to their alleged killers, but would not comment further. VIEW THE PRESS CONFERENCE HERE Bianco told reporters the arrests stemmed from a three-year investigation that included more than 50 search warrants and hundreds of interviews. He said investigators had recently discovered what were believed to be the couple’s remains, which were located somewhere in the Coachella Valley. He said the DNA results, however, had not yet come back to verify the identity of the remains. “The investigation that led us to the remains indicate we did find them,” Bianco said, but he would not be more specific about where and when the bodies were found.…

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