Riverside County sheriff’s detectives are asking anyone with information regarding the murder of a 27-year-old Hemet man whose remains were likely discovered earlier this week to come forward, while the convicted felon allegedly responsible for the deadly attack awaits arraignment.

Ricardo Pardo, 39, of Perris is charged with murder and a sentence-enhancing gun-use allegation for the slaying last year of Joshua Crosier.

Pardo is being held on $1 million bail at the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside and is slated to be arraigned at the Riverside Hall of Justice on Aug. 16.

According to sheriff’s Sgt. Steve Brosche, Crosier vanished in late August 2021, culminating in a missing person investigation that turned into a homicide investigation when, in April, detectives received information indicating that the victim had been killed.

Last month, the investigative team procured evidence pointing to Pardo as the alleged assailant, and he was arrested on July 28, Brosche said.

“On Aug. 2, after searching several locations, male remains were located believed to be Crosier’s body,” the sergeant said. “The remains were located in the (unincorporated) county area of Perris.”

A possible motive was not disclosed, nor were any other details regarding the circumstances behind the slaying.

According to court records, Pardo has prior convictions for receiving stolen property, illegal possession of a firearm and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Anyone with information relevant to the investigation was asked to contact the Central Homicide Unit at 951-955-2777.

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