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Missing Virginia Father Found Dead In Maryland, Man And Teen Charged With Murder
Police say Olvin Daniel Argueta Ramirez and a 17-year-old teen fatally stabbed missing man Jose Guerrero during a drug deal before driving his body to Prince George's County, Maryland.
Police say that a missing Virginia man has been found dead, and two people are charged with his murder.
Jose Abelino Guerrero, 20, vanished from his Woodbridge, Virginia home — about 20 miles south of Washington D.C. — on the evening of Dec. 21, 2022, much to the bewilderment of his relatives and loved ones.
On Thursday, Prince William County Police in Virginia announced that they had already arrested two persons of interest, one of whom is a minor, following Guerrero’s disappearance.
Court records reviewed by CBS D.C. affiliate WUSA state that one of the suspects talked to police, which led investigators to coordinate with officials in Prince George’s County, Maryland — around 20 miles northeast of Woodbridge — on the probable location of human remains. The remains discovered were ultimately identified as Guerrero's.
Investigators also said they believe they found the murder weapon and “additional items of evidence,” according to court records.
Olvin Daniel Argueta Ramirez, 19, of Woodbridge, is now charged with murder and stabbing in the commission of a felony, while an unnamed 17-year-old male, also of Woodbridge, is charged with murder and robbery.
“The investigation revealed the victim and suspects arranged to conduct a narcotics transaction on Dec. 21, 2022,” police stated. “During the transaction, an altercation occurred, and the victim was stabbed multiple times and presumably died from his injuries.”
Police said the “suspects then drove the victim’s body to Prince George’s County in Maryland where his body was discarded.”
It wasn’t clear when police began looking at Ramirez and the teenager as persons of interest. However, they were reportedly “located and detained” at a residence in the 14100 block of Matthews Drive in Woodbridge — about one block from where Geurerro’s loved ones found his vehicle — following the execution of a search warrant.
Ramirez’s address is on the 14100 block of Matthews Drive, according to police.
The missing persons investigation began when loved ones reported that Guerrero left his home on Lost Canyon Court on Dec. 21 at around 8:00 p.m. but never returned. The victim’s girlfriend, Shiela Perez, told reporters that Guerrero didn’t say where he was going but promised to return in just five to 10 minutes.
Frustrated loved ones previously accused investigators of treating Guerrero’s disappearance as a runaway.
“At the time of the missing report, there were no direct indications the victim was missing under suspicious circumstances,” police said in Thursday’s release.
Two days after Guerrero vanished, relatives reportedly found his Hyundai near the intersection of Bel Air Road and Jeffries Road in Woodbridge, noting “a big amount of blood.” They also reported a trail of blood that started at the vehicle and led into the nearby woods.
The car, which family members found by allegedly tracking Guerrero’s cell phone, was located less than two miles from his home.
Police at the time declined to comment on the discovery of the car in previous statements to Oxygen.com, citing an ongoing investigation. However, in Thursday’s release, they confirmed the family’s findings by stating the unoccupied vehicle had “evidence of a struggle and blood.”
The victim’s loved ones previously described Guerrero as a young and gentle father, according to NBC News.
“My son would never do anything or hurt anyone,” his mother, Andrea Salgado, told the outlet. “There was no Christmas for us. There was no celebration. We were grieving for my son.”
Ramirez is being held without bond while the juvenile is being held at an undisclosed juvenile center, according to police. Court dates for both suspects are pending.