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BCSO: Suspect arrested for murder of 2 Alabama men, searching for another suspect

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BCSO: Suspect arrested for murder of 2 Alabama men, searching for another suspect

Detectives arrested Ricardo Banuelos-Villarreal (left) on Nov. 14 and are actively looking for Alfredo Banuelos-Villarreal (right).

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - One suspect was arrested and another is still on the loose for murdering two Alabama men that were reported missing in November, according to the Butte County Sheriff’s Office.

The investigation began in November when the family members of 25-year-old Ladexter Pelt and 20-year-old John Dubose contacted the Gridley Police Department to report them missing.

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The Butte County Sheriff’s Office began to help with the investigation when officials determined Pelt and Dubose lived in Alabama and flew to Sacramento before traveling to Butte County.

The family members told detectives they had lost contact with the two men after they arrived in Butte County, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Officials located evidence that led them to believe the two men were murdered at a residence outside of Gridley, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff’s Office said detectives also gathered evidence that led them to believe 30-year-old Ricardo Banuelos-Villarreal and 35-year-old Alfredo Banuelos-Villarreal, both of Gridley, murdered the Alabama men and hid their bodies.

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Numerous search warrants have been issued. Also, numerous friends and family of Pelt and Dubose have spoken with authorities and additional evidence showed that the men had died.

Ricardo was contacted and arrested on Nov. 14 at a residence in Yuba City. Ricardo is charged with two counts of murder.

Detectives also got an arrest warrant out for Alfredo for two counts of murder but authorities are still looking for Alfredo. They are also looking for a 2008 Nissan Altima with a California license plate 6VAR204.

The bodies of Pelt and Dubose have not been located.

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