Aranda Briones was last seen with Owen Shover, who is accused of murdering her with the help of his brother

By Harriet Sokmensuer
February 18, 2019 03:13 PM
Credit: Moreno Valley Police Department

Two brothers have been charged with the murder of a 16-year-old Southern California girl who disappeared more than a month ago, PEOPLE confirms.

Brothers Owen Skyler Shover, age 18, and Gary Anthony Shover, age 21, were arrested on Feb. 11 and charged with the murder of Aranda Briones, who has not been seen or heard from since Jan. 13, the Riverside Sheriff’s Office announced at a press conference Tuesday.

The brothers allegedly “killed the victim while lying in wait,” according to charging documents first obtained by KTLA.

Aranda was reported missing by her family on Jan. 14. The Shovers were suspects early in the investigation after the teen’s family told authorities she had spent the day with a male friend from school. That friend was later identified as Owen Shover.

On Tuesday, Riverside County Sheriff Office’s Lt. Chris Durham said that Aranda and the Shovers were childhood friends who had recently reconnected. When asked by a reporter whether Aranda and Owen Shover were dating, Durham described the pair as merely high school friends.

When investigators questioned Owen Shover, he allegedly confirmed that he was the last person to see Aranda alive, telling investigators that he dropped her off at Moreno Valley Community Park, where she got into a gray, four-door sedan.

Credit: Moreno Valley Police Department

But Aranda’s family told investigators they didn’t know anyone with that kind of car — and authorities say that they were quickly able to debunk Shover’s story.

“The [surveillance] camera system was reviewed and ultimately it destroys the timeline he provided,” Durham said at the press conference Tuesday.

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On Feb. 11, authorities served a search warrant at the brother’s home and collected evidence that led investigators to believe Aranda had been murdered.

Aranda Briones
| Credit: Moreno Valley Police Department

Authorities are still searching for Aranda’s remains. “We still don’t have a body,” Riverside County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Vasquez told ABC News. “We still don’t know where she is.”

The brothers have been charged with murder and remain behind bars without bail, according to jail records. They are scheduled to appear in court on March 1. It is unclear whether they have attorneys.