When Rosa Isela Beltran Lopez disappeared from her Jurupa Valley home in January 2019, her husband, Juan Carlos Lopez Alvarado, told family members she had been kidnapped. Don’t call the police, Alvarado said; He will deal with the kidnappers on his own to win her freedom.
But cell tower records, surveillance images, DNA and a plastic bag discovered by Riverside County sheriff investigators tell a different story. And so at the Riverside Judicial Hall on Friday, February 4, three years on from the day Lopez’s body was found in a sleeping bag in Mexico, 47-year-old Alvarado was sentenced to 25 years in prison. for the murder of Lopez, 43. .
“The efforts of local and Mexican officials, including Riverside County Sheriff Investigator Ruben Martinez, Baja California Police Chief Enrique Trujillo Martinez and Deputy District Attorney Karrie Brusselback resulted in Juan Carlos Lopez Alvarado convicted,” the DA’s office said in a statement on Twitter.
Alvarado’s own hunt for evidence triggered the events that led to his detention.
The couple have been married for more than 20 years, but in late 2018, Alvarado suspected Lopez of having an affair, according to a trial summary filed by the DA’s Office. Alvarado used the “find my iPhone” app to track his wife to Chino, where he confirmed his suspicions. Enraged, he threatened to kill his wife and mistress. The police are called, and Alvarado flees, promising, “It’s not over yet.”
The couple continued to live together, but their relationship became strained.
On January 29, 2019, Lopez will be seen alive for the last time.
Lopez returned home from Zumba class that morning and prepared to shower. Then, a family member heard the couple arguing loudly in their bedroom. She also heard the shower running and “a strange noise, like a boom, a thud or a door closing”.
The family member left for a while, when she returned, the couple was gone. An hour later, Alvarado returned home, driving Lopez’s white Toyota Camry.
In the coming days, Alvarado will first tell his family that his wife left for another man, but then say he has received a call from someone who claims to have kidnapped Lopez and the other man. This man demanded 5 million US pesos (about 242,000 USD). ) for her safe return.
“He advised the family not to notify the police, saying that he was in contact with the kidnappers and would bring Rosa home,” the court summary said.
But police got involved on February 4, when Lopez’s body was discovered in a blue Ascend sleeping bag in the town of Pueblo Nuevo in Mexicali, Mexico. A plastic bag partially covers her head and an iPhone charging cord is wrapped around her neck.
She was strangled.
The efforts of local officials and Mexico, inc. The invitation of Riverside County Sheriff Ruben Martinez, Baja California Police Chief, Enrique Trujillo Martinez, & Dep DA Karrie Brusselback, resulted in Juan Carlos Lopez Alvarado being sentenced to 25 years in prison for his wife’s murder in 2019. pic.twitter.com/4vgmT5R2IN
– Riverside County DA Office (@RivCoDA) February 4, 2022
Alvarado and brother-in-law Cornelio Corrales was taken into custody on February 18 while Alvarado was driving a Camry. A search of the vehicle found a plastic bag that once contained a replacement trunk lining purchased on February 15.
Alvarado’s mobile phone was also searched and it was revealed that all data prior to February 11 had been wiped. But a sheriff’s crime analyst used a cell tower to learn that Alvarado was driving to the Bass Pro Store in Rancho Cucamonga on February 3, where surveillance video shows Alvarado, accompanied by Corrales , bought a blue Ascend sleeping bag. (Alvarado later told investigators he acquired it for a “hunting trip.”)
Cell tower data also shows that Alvarado crossed the border into Calexico at 8:58 a.m. on February 4 – the day Perez’s body was found – and returned to the US at 11:22 a.m.
A US Department of Justice criminologist later found Alvarado and Lopez’s DNA on ropes removed from her neck, the court summary said.
Corrales pleaded guilty to one crime on November 21, 2019 and was sentenced to 16 months in prison.
A Superior Court jury on November 3, 2021, after hearing much of the circumstantial evidence over three weeks, found Alvarado guilty of first-degree murder.
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