Twenty years after a triple homicide in Monterey County, the sheriff’s office said Wednesday that efforts to locate the killer finally yielded an arrest of a man who fled to Mexico in 1990 and was rounded up by Mexican authorities this summer. Ramon Rios Esparza, now 59, fled to Mexico in 1990 and had been arrested in San Luis, Mexico using the name Pedro Macias, according to the sheriff’s office. Esparza is suspected of shooting his 12-year-old son, Luis Orlando Esparza, his wife Concepcion Anguiano Esparza, 36, and her 23-year-old nephew, Jose Luis Parra Hernandez, at a mobile home situated on the Silva Ranch, which is off of Bitterwater Road just outside King City. Within days of the killings, a warrant for Esparza’s arrest was obtained through the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office. Although efforts to locate him have been ongoing for the last 20 years, it wasn’t until late June this year that the sheriff’s office received a lead on their prime suspect. It was then that the sheriff’s office was contacted by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection office in Yuma, Ariz., regarding a man arrested across the border who Mexican authorities said was reported to have an outstanding arrest warrant for the 1990 Monterey County triple homicide. After sending a copy of Esparza’s arrest warrant to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement authorities, Esparza was positively identified by immigration officials and local law enforcement in Mexico using fingerprints. A hold was placed on Esparza, and the district attorney’s office coordinated with the U.S. Department of Justice to have Esparza returned to U.S. soil. Last week, the Department of Justice notified the sheriff’s office that Esparza would be returned to the U.S., and agents from the U.S. Marshals Service took custody of Esparza Wednesday. Esparza, passing through Houston and San Jose on the journey back to Monterey County, was booked into county jail on the outstanding warrant, according to the sheriff’s office. Anyone with information related to the case is asked to contact investigators at (831) 755-3772, or anonymously at (888) 833-4847.
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