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Posted on: October 16, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Missing Person / Homicide Investigation (Update)



Sheriff Chad Bianco

Press Release:Missing Person / Homicide Investigation
Station Area:Palm Desert - Central Homicide
Written Date:October 16, 2020Time:10:00 AM
Incident Date:May 12, 2017Time:12:00 PM
Incident Location:73-300 block of Monterey Avenue, Palm Desert
Reporting Officer:Sergeant Rick Espinoza 
File Number(s):T171320057


During the course of this investigation, human remains were located in an undisclosed area of Riverside County and forwarded to the California Department of Justice for DNA analysis. On Wednesday, October 14, 2020, the results of the DNA analysis were received by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department-Central Homicide Unit. It is with great sorrow to announce we have confirmed the human remains located have been positively identified as being those of Audrey Moran and Jonathan Reynoso. This is still an ongoing investigation and no further information is being released at this time.

For media inquiries regarding this incident please contact the Media Information Bureau.


Saturday, June 27th, 2020, information obtained during this lengthy missing person/homicide investigation has led to the arrest of three suspects in connection with the murders of Audrey Moran and Jonathon Reynoso. Investigators with the Riverside Sheriff’s Department-Central Homicide Unit have arrested Manuel Rios, age 28 of Coachella, Abraham Fregoso, age 32 of Indio, and Jesus Ruiz Jr., age 41 Stockton, for Murder. All three suspects have been booked into our (Riverside County Jails) local jail facilities.  This investigation is still on going and the public is still encouraged to call the tip line with any helpful leads. No further information is being released at this time.

Manuel RiosAbraham FregosoJesus Ruiz Jr. 


On May, 12, 2017, at approximately 12:00 pm, officers from the Palm Desert Police Department received a report of a missing male adult later identified as 28-year-old, Palm Desert resident, Jonathan Reynoso. Reynoso was last seen on May 10, 2017, at his residence located within the city of Palm Desert. Reynoso is a Hispanic male with black hair and brown eyes. He is five feet ten inches tall and weighs 185 pounds.

During this time the Palm Desert Police Department began working alongside the Indio Police Department who were attempting to locate the whereabouts of Reynoso’s girlfriend identified as 26-year-old Indio resident, Audrey Moran. Moran was also reported missing on May 12, 2017. Moran is a Hispanic female with brown hair and brown eyes. She is five feet tall and weighs 121 pounds.

On May 12, 2017, at approximately 9:00 am, a vehicle that was being driven by Audrey Moran was located alongside the westbound Interstate 10 freeway west of Oak Valley Parkway, within the city of Beaumont. The vehicle is a gray 2010 GMC Terrain bearing California license number 6MIG265. Anyone with information that may have seen any suspicious activity around this vehicle on or about May 12, 2017, is encouraged to call the tip-line.

Based upon jurisdictional considerations, and the benefits of funneling all new information through a single source, the Riverside Sheriff’s Department Central Homicide Unit has assumed the investigation of both missing people. Due to the ongoing status of the investigation, no further information is available. We are encouraging the public with any helpful information in regards to the whereabouts of Audrey Moran and Jonathan Reynoso to call the missing persons tip-line at (760)-393-3544.

Jonathan Reynoso and Audrey Moran
Jonathan Reynoso and Audrey Moran 

Gray 2010 GMC Terrain
Gray 2010 GMC Terrain
California license number 6MIG265 Rear of GMC Vehicle-License Plate 6MIG265

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