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Tulare County Sheriff’s office identifies suspect in 1994 Angelica Ramirez kidnapping, murder

VISIA, California (KFSN) – More than 28 years later, the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office located the killer of Angelica Ramirez, a 10-year-old girl arrested during a March 3, 1994, Visalia exchange meeting.

Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux said that with DNA technology and genealogical techniques, they were able to identify Ramiro Villegas as the man who took Angelica and later killed her.

Villegas had a long criminal record: he abused at least two minors in the early 1980s, something that was never reported in the beginning, was arrested and charged with public strife in 1991, but was released without parole and arrested in 2002 on a charge of drug trafficking in El Dorado County. Villegas spent two years in prison on drug charges and was deported back to Mexico in 2014. Later that year he died of a fever in the valley.

In June 2021, Tulare County Sheriff’s Office began working with the FBI to process DNA and genealogy recognition. In February 2022, they received a fight with distant members of Romiro Villegas family. Investigators managed to break down the family tree and find Romiro.

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It was March 3, 1994, when 10-year-old Angelica Ramirez was led by a Visalia exchange meeting. There with her parents and brother, she had left to use the toilet.

Two days later, her body was found in a canal outside 96th Avenue in Pixley. Although submerged in water, researchers were able to extract Villegas DNA.

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Sheriff Boudreaux said he handled the case when he was a young law enforcement officer and in the 28 years since Angelica went missing, Tulare County Sheriff’s Office has never forgotten the case.

Stay tuned to ABC30 for the latest details on this growing story.

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