Sheriff: Bodies Found May Be Linked To NC Arson, Murders

Nov 5, 2019

MOUTH OF WILSON, Va. — The remains of three people found in a charred pickup truck in Virginia appear to be connected to the deaths of two children in North Carolina.

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News outlets report Alexander County Sheriff Chris Bowman says the bodies are believed to be Maria Calderon Martinez, Juan Carlos Mendez-Pena and Luis Fernando Sanchez. They were found Monday morning in Mouth of Wilson, Virginia.

Calderon Martinez is the mother of 11-year-old Angel Pacheco and 12-year-old America Pacheco. The children's bodies were found in a burned home in Alexander County, North Carolina in June. Crews had previously searched the Catawba River for the mother's body.

Mendez-Pena and Sanchez hadn't been seen since the fire.

Thirty-year-old Areli Aguirre-Avilez and his 16-year-old girlfriend are charged with murder in the deaths of the mother and her children.

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