Updated: January 09, 2020 03:33 PM
Created: January 08, 2020 03:53 PM
ROSWELL, N.M.- An arrest warrant for first-degree murder was issued Wednesday for the father of a boy who is the subject of an Amber Alert.
Three-year-old Osiel Ernesto Rico is believed to with Jorge Rico-Ruvira.
Osiel’s mother, Isela Mauricio-Sanchez, was found dead on Tuesday at her home in Roswell.
According to a police reported, Rico-Ruvira was arrested in October for battery on a household member. Officer said he choked Isela while she was in her bed with her child.
“We believe there is a strong possibility he left the state,” said Roswell police spokesperson Todd Wildermuth. “Because of that potentially crossing state lines, we have the assistance of the FBI also."
People in the community were shocked when they learned Mauricio-Sanchez was dead.
“She was just like a mother to me,” said Isela’s co-worker Elisabeth. “(She was) always there to support me in my decisions."
Isela and Elisabeth worked the night shift together at Burger King for more than a year.
“It's really difficult,” Elisabeth said. “She pushed me to be in this manager position ‘cause I didn't want to be a manager.”
Anyone with information about the case is encouraged to call authorities at 1-800-457-3463 or dial 911.
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