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Boy reportedly taken to Mexico after mother’s killing ‘safe’

October 13, 2021 GMT

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — A young Roswell boy said by authorities to have been taken to Mexico by his father after the killing of the boy’s mother has been found safe, New Mexico state police said.

The state police’s brief emailed announcement Tuesday said Osiel Ernesto Rico “has been located safe” and that an Amber Alert issued for him in 2020 has been canceled. The announcement said requests for additional information should be directed to the FBI.

FBI spokesman Frank Fisher told the Roswell Daily Record that the agency was not commenting on the case “at this time.”

The boy’s father, Jorge Rico-Ruvira, is charged in state District Court with first-degree murder in the January 2020 strangulation of Isela Mauricio-Sanchez, 27. He’s also charged with child abuse.

According to online court records, an arrest warrant for Rico-Ruvira remained active as of July 14, the latest item in the case’s docket.

Rico-Ruvira is charged in U.S. District Court with flight to avoid prosecution. The case docket contains no entries since mid-2020.