A man turned himself in after being identified as a person of interest in the disappearance of a 16-year-old girl from a double homicide scene on Saturday, but his son is believed to have kidnapped her and may be on his way to Mexico, according to the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office. An Amber Alert remains in effect today for Eunice Serrato after Hector Reyes, 22, and Daniel Fraga, 25, were found dead inside Serrato’s parents’ home at 62240 Railroad Ave. at around 10 p.m.
The sheriff’s office later concluded that Serrato had been abducted by her boyfriend, Juan Manuel Salazar Jr., 19, who was a person of interest in the case along with his father, 39-year-old Juan Manuel Salazar Sr. Deputies said that Salazar Sr. turned himself in to deputies at a King City sheriff’s substation on Sunday. He is not in custody, according to the sheriff’s office. The sheriff’s office has also recovered an Acura Integra believed to be related to the case. Investigators believe Salazar Jr. abducted Serrato and is bound for Mexico with her in a blue 2000 Chevy Tahoe with California license plate No. 6W54124. Salazar Jr. may be traveling with a third person, 21-year-old Rogelio Aviles, who is now a person of interest as well, the sheriff’s office said.
Serrato is described as about 5 feet 5 inches tall, weighs about 130 pounds and has brown hair and brown eyes, the sheriff’s office said. Deputies say she has a tattoo on her right middle finger that says “3/10/10,” one that reads “Love,” on her back and “Vellen” is tattooed on her upper right leg. Serrato was wearing a blue and white shirt, pink jacket, blue jeans and sandals when she was abducted, the sheriff’s office said.
Deputies also identified a tan 2007 Honda Civic as being associated with Aviles and the case. The California license plate number on that vehicle is 6JUK098. Salazar Sr. and his son are also considered persons of interest in the deaths of Reyes and Fraga, according to the sheriff’s office. Salazar Jr. has black hair and black eyes. He is around 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 170 pounds. He has glasses, could have a gunshot wound and is considered armed and dangerous, according to authorities.
Anyone with information regarding the case should call Monterey County sheriff’s Detective Brett Speirs at (831) 755-3805.
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