Four men in California have been charged with murdering teens who have been missing for nearly two years, as investigators scour a rural area outside of Sacramento for any trace of them.
Prosecutors last week charged David Froste, 27; his brother Jonathan Froste, 21; Chandale Shannon, 21; and Jesus Campos, 18, for allegedly killing Enrique Rios and Elijah Moore (pictured above) as revenge for a drug robbery, according to the Sacramento Bee.
Moore’s mom, Alicia Moore, told Fox40 Sacramento her son and Rios did nothing to deserve disappearing and dying.
"My son didn't deserve that and Enrique did not deserve that," she said.
Shortly after the arrests of Shannon and Jonathan Froste over the weekend — Campos and David Froste were both already locked up on separate charges — police arrived at the rural stretch of road in Yolo County for bodies.
“Finally this weekend we are starting to see the fruit of this investigation,” said Luis Soler, the police chief of Woodland, California, at a press conference Monday.
Rios, who was 16 at the time of his disappearance, and Moore, who was 17, vanished in late 2016, reportedly after Moore angered David Froste by robbing him and making off with $300 worth of marijuana, according to the Davis Enterprise. Rios was last seen October 17, 2016, while Moore was last spotted cashing a check in the town of Woodland November 4. The families of both boys received text messages from their phones that authorities say may have been sent by the alleged killers to throw off investigators, according to the Enterprise.
Local police eventually teamed up with the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI, which posted separate $5,000 rewards for information about the location of the two teens, listing their disappearance as a kidnapping.
Prosecutors say Froste —who’s in prison for domestic violence and drug manufacturing charges — and Shannon kidnapped the two and killed them with help from Campos and Froste's brother.
Shannon said he is eager to clear his name.
“I’m just a witness that didn’t call the police,” a tearful Shannon told the Enterprise in a jailhouse interview. “I’m not a murderer.”
According to Shannon, Froste planned to use Rios to set up Moore, but when Rios balked, Froste shot him as Shannon and Campos watched from the car.
A few weeks later, the Froste brothers caught up with Moore and killed him, Shannon said.
The other suspects have not commented on the case. Information for the suspects’ attorneys was not immediately available.