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Press Release: Homicide
Agency: Central Homicide Unit
Station Area: Thermal
Written Date: December 15, 2017 Time: 2:00 PM
Incident Date: December 14, 2017 Time: 7:55 PM
Incident Location: 88000 Block of Avenue 70, Mecca
Reporting Officer: Sergeant Wallace Clear
File Number(s): C173480035

Update 01-09-2018

Abraham Perez Romero

After a thorough investigation by the Riverside County Sheriff's Department Thermal Investigations Unit and the Central Homicide Unit, the victim in this case has been identified as 19-year-old Wendy Vargas, of Thermal, California. On January 9, 2018, Abraham Perez Romero AKA Jose Ramirez Arenas, a 41-year-old resident of Indio, was charged with the murder of Wendy Vargas.  This crime is being treated as a domestic incident and there are no other outstanding suspects. 

Romero's last known location is believed to be Mexico.   

Anyone with information about Abraham Romero's whereabouts should contact 911 in an emergency, or contact Investigator Dickey at (951) 955-0896.


On December 14, 2017, deputies from the Thermal Station responded to an unattended death at a residence located on the 88000 block of Avenue 70, in the community of Oasis. Based on the deputies’ evaluation of the circumstances, the Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit and investigators from Thermal Station responded to the scene and assumed the investigation.  This incident is still under investigation and no further information will be released at this time.

Anyone with information regarding this incident can contact Investigator Ortega at the Thermal Station at 760-863-8990, or Investigator Dickey at the Central Homicide Unit at 951-955-2777.

Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff's Homicide Tipline online form.

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