Two brothers suspected of killing a 16-year-old Moreno Valley girl who went missing a month ago were in custody Tuesday.
Gary Anthony Shover, 21, and Owen Skyler Shover, 18, both of Hesperia, were arrested Monday night on suspicion of murder in connection with the disappearance of Aranda Briones.
According to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Central Homicide Unit detectives, working alongside FBI agents, identified the brothers as the prime suspects in Briones’ disappearance and death following a weeks-long investigation that culminated in the pair being taken into custody about 11:30 p.m. Monday at their residence on Grevillea Street, near Old Ranch Road, in Hesperia.
A SWAT unit executed a search warrant at the property, sheriff’s officials said.
“This is an active investigation, and we are still seeking the public’s assistance in helping us find Aranda,” according to an agency statement.
Briones was last seen Jan. 13 in Moreno Valley Community Park at the intersection of Cottonwood Avenue and Frederick Street, where she had been visiting friends.
Her loved ones have been searching for her since, distributing flyers throughout the city bearing her photograph and other information.
Anyone who might have knowledge that can aid in the investigation was asked to contact the Central Homicide Unit at (951) 955-2777.
Sheriff Chad Bianco told The Press-Enterprise that Owen Shover had a prior relationship with the girl.
A neighbor of the Shovers told NBC4 in Los Angeles that sheriff’s deputies had been to the brothers’ home multiple times in recent weeks, and at one point they could be seen digging up clothing and blankets in the backyard.