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Search is on for Roswell boy after mom found dead

Police are searching for a missing 3-year-old after his mother was found slain in a southeast Roswell home Tuesday morning.

The boy is believed to be with his father — the prime suspect in the slaying — and possibly headed to Mexico.

Todd Wildermuth, a Roswell police spokesman, said officers are scouring the area for Osiel Ernesto Rico and his father, 32-year-old Jorge Rico-Ruvira.

He said the body of Osiel’s mother, 27-year-old Isela Mauricio-Sanchez, was discovered by relatives around 11 a.m. at a home in the 600 block of East Forest. Osiel was nowhere to be found.

At first considered suspicious, Wildermuth said her death has since been ruled a homicide. He did not say how Mauricio-Sanchez was killed.

He said Osiel was last seen on Sunday in Roswell and the initial investigation by Roswell police has authorities suspecting the father may try to cross the border with his son. The pair are believed to be traveling in a maroon 2003 GMC Yukon SUV with a turquoise New Mexico license plate: MNF231.

An Amber Alert for Osiel was sent out by New Mexico State Police on Tuesday afternoon. It said Osiel is missing and “believed to be in danger if not located.”

In the release State Police attached a photograph of a widely grinning Osiel in Nike sneakers, blue jeans and a gray T-shirt imprinted with a tie and suspenders.

“Many details are still unknown and under investigation,” Dusty Francisco, a State Police spokesman, said in a news release. “However, of urgent concern is the whereabouts of Osiel Ernesto Rico.”

State Police also released a driver’s license photo of Rico-Ruvira and a grainy photo of the GMC Yukon SUV.

Osiel is described as 2 feet, 6 inches tall, weighing about 40 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. Rico-Ruvira is described as 5 feet, 8 inches tall, 150 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information about Osiel or Rico-Ruvira’s whereabouts is asked to call the Roswell Police Department at 575-624-6770 or dial 911.


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