DA: Person of interest molested murdered teen

Jul 10, 2015 7:59 PM by News Staff

The man named a person of interest in the murder of a Chico teenager was charged with sexually abusing her back in 2013, Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey said Friday.

Ramsey told Action News Now his office has believed Alfredo Rodriguez Ruvalcaba to be in Mexico since he was charged with sexually abusing Melissa Esquivel-Flores when she was just 12 and 13 years old.

On the Fourth of July, Esquivel-Flores was found dead near County Road D in Orland. The Glenn County Medical examiner says she had been shot in the head.

A day later Ruvalcaba was found in a ditch just about a mile from where Esquivel-Flores was found. Authorities say he was suffering from a medical condition and was taken to a local hospital for treatment. He will be booked into the Glenn County Jail on the warrant out of Butte County.

No charges have been filed in the murder case.

Ramsey says the alleged molestations happened between September 1, 2012 and January 30, 2013. Ruvalcaba was arrested on January 31, 2013 and a local bail bonds company posted his $1 million bond.

According to Ramsey the bonds company told the DA's office Ruvalcaba fled to Mexico a short time later and a representative of McMains Bail Bonds traveled to Mexico in April of 2013 and made contact with Ruvalcaba, but attempts to bring him back to Butte County were unsuccessful.

Ramsey also said he was told by the United States Department of Justice that an attempt to have Ruvalcaba extradited would likely be unsuccessful, because the age of consent in Mexico is 12.


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