Suspects accused of double murder in California before police find the victims

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Source: Butte County Sheriff

Dec. 8 2021, Published 4:11 p.m. ET

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A man has been arrested for the murder of two men in California, even before police say they have found the victims. Cops are now hunting for another suspect in connection to the killings.

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In November, family members reported Ladexter Pelt, 25, and John Dubose, 20, missing after they flew into Sacramento and then traveled to the Butte County area in California.

Pelt and Dubose’s family members were concerned because they lost contact with them after they arrived in the area, according to the Butte County Sheriff's Department.

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During the investigation, police found evidence that made they believe Pelt and Dubose were murdered at a residence located in the unincorporated area of Gridley.

Detectives believed that Ricardo Banuelos-Villarreal, 30, and Alfredo Banuelos-Villarreal, 35, murdered Pelt and Dubose, and hid their bodies, according to the sheriff's department.

Deputies are actively searching for the bodies of Pelt and Dubose.

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Over the past three weeks, detectives have interviewed people in Gridley, Marysville, Yuba City, Sacramento, the Bay Area and the Los Angeles area, as well as executing numerous search warrants.

On Nov. 14, detectives contacted and arrested Ricardo at a home in Yuba City, California, according to the sheriff's department.

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Ricardo has been charged with two counts of murder and is currently in custody at the Butte County Jail. During the investigation, detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Alfredo for two counts of murder.

Multiple law enforcement agencies are actively searching for Alfredo and a 2008 Nissan Altima with a California license plate number 6VAR204.

Anyone with information about the investigation or the location of Alfredo is encouraged to call detectives at (503) 538-7671.


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