Investigators received evidence that led them to believe Aranda Briones, 16, was murdered

By Karen Mizoguchi
February 13, 2019 02:24 PM
Moreno Valley Police Department

Police believe missing California teen Aranda Briones was murdered, and have arrested two brothers in her presumed death.

Owen Skyler Shover, 18, and Gary Anthony Shover, 21, were “arrested for the murder” of Briones, according to a statement from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

At a press conference Tuesday, Riverside County Sheriff’s Lt. Chris Durham said officials received evidence that led them to believe Briones, 16, who was last seen on Jan. 13, was murdered. “I don’t know what was taken from their backyard, but I do know evidence was collected that confirmed that [she] was the victim of a homicide,” Durham said.

According to the victim’s family, she and the two suspects were high school friends, KTLA reported.

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Briones, a high school junior from Moreno Valley, was last seen at the Moreno Valley Community Park, according to local authorities.

“Briones never returned home after spending the day with some friends. Over the past week, investigators have searched last known locations and spoke to several family and friends of Briones in an attempt to locate her,” the Moreno Valley Police Department said in a statement on Jan. 18.

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“I know what is true: she’s alive to me, she’s always going to be alive until I find her,” Briones’ father, Chapo Lee, tearfully said at the Moreno Valley police station on Tuesday, ABC7 reported.

“I just barely got her back into my life, I hadn’t seen her since she was 4. I saw her for the first time in November, and it was the happiest moment of my life,” Lee said.

Briones’ uncle Matthew Horskotte previously told KABC that his niece “did have a bad choice of friends,” adding, “Everybody makes mistakes, but you know one thing I want? I just want her home safe.”

Briones’ brother Daniel told local news outlets KCBS and KABC that his sister was dropped off at the park to be with one of her friends. According to Daniel, a friend said that during the outing, Aranda got into a grey sedan that does not match the description of any vehicles owned by her loved ones.

It was not immediately clear if the Shover brothers have entered a plea or retained an attorney who could comment on their behalf.

Anyone with information can contact Investigator David Drexler at the Moreno Valley Police Department by calling (951)486-6700 or the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department after hours dispatch at (951)247-8700.