SACRAMENTO - The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information that leads to the return of two missing juveniles, Elijah Moore and Enrique Rios. The two friends who attend Cesar Chavez Community School in Woodland vanished 25 days apart with little evidence to indicate where they went or who, if anyone, they may be with at this time.
"Someone knows where Enrique and Elijah are or has other information that will help us find them. The families of these two young men desperately want to know where their sons are and we all are doing everything we can to return these boys to their homes," said Special Agent in Charge Monica M. Miller of the FBI Sacramento Field Office. "We continue to work closely with the Woodland Police Department and Yolo County Sheriff's Office to follow every possible lead to find Enrique and Elijah."
Enrique Rios, a 17 year-old male from Esparto, was reported missing by his mother on Oct. 19, 2016. Enrique was last seen at 9 p.m. in his family's home on Oct. 16, 2016.
The next morning, Enrique was not at home. The Yolo County Sheriff's Department initially considered a possible runaway because no information or evidence suggested foul play.
"The Yolo County Sheriff's Office has been committed to locating Enrique Rios since the report of his disappearance on October 19, 2016. Our detectives diligently followed-up on and exhausted all leads related to this case thus far," said Sheriff Ed Prieto of the Yolo County Sheriff's Department. "We remain hopeful that new information will be discovered with the public's assistance. We appreciate the continued cooperation and support of the Woodland Police Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation in this matter."
Elijah Moore, a 17 year-old from Woodland, was reported missing by his mother on Monday, Nov. 6, 2016. Mrs. Moore indicated she had not seen or heard from her son since Friday, Nov. 4, 2016. Elijah attended school on Nov. 4, 2016, and later cashed a check at California Check Cashing located at 115 Main Street in Woodland as confirmed by surveillance footage. On the day of his disappearance, Moore was last seen wearing a black, hooded sweatshirt; yellow shirt; khaki pants; and tan work boots. He also carried a green backpack.
"Since November 6, 2016 the Woodland Police Department has been working tirelessly on this case in an effort to locate Elijah Moore. The entire Investigations Division has been thoroughly investigating all of the leads they have uncovered and have authored multiple search warrants in an effort to discover new leads," said Police Chief Dan Bellini of the Woodland Police Department. Through this investigation we have determined Elijah's disappearance is connected to the disappearance of Enrique Rios, and we believe both are suspicious in nature. At the risk of jeopardizing this investigation we cannot discuss these details. Our department is thankful the Yolo County Sheriff's Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are collaborating with us which has vastly increased our investigative abilities. With the assistance of the Federal Bureau of Investigation we are again reaching out to the public and seeking any information that leads to the location of Elijah and Enrique."
The FBI, Yolo County Sheriff's Department, and Woodland Police Department are investigating the disappearance of Elijah Moore and Enrique Rios. Posters for Enrique and Elijah have been published on the FBI Sacramento field office's Wanted/Seeking Information page (https://www.fbi.gov/contact- us/field-offices/sacramento/ wanted). The posters include recent photos of the boys, biometric information, and a summary of known facts of each case.
A reward of up to $5,000 for the return of each teen--a total of up to $10,000, is offered by the FBI. Anyone with information concerning the whereabouts of Enrique Rios and/or Elijah Moore should call 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324), submit a tip online at https://tips.fbi.gov/, contact the local FBI office, or nearest American Embassy or Consulate. Tips may be offered anonymously.
Elijah Moore and Enrique Rios, both 17, were classmates at Cesar Chavez Community School in Woodland, Calif., and were working at a construction training program when they vanished 25 days apart …
The FBI has offered a $10,000 reward in the case of two teenage Yolo County boys whose suspicious disappearance late last year has puzzled authorities.
Elijah Moore and Enrique Rios, both 17, were classmates at Cesar Chavez Community School in Woodland, Calif., and were working at a construction training program when they vanished 25 days apart without a trace, according to the FBI.
Through this investigation, we have determined Elijah’s disappearance is connected to the disappearance of Enrique Rios, and we believe both are suspicious in nature,” Woodland Police Chief Dan Bellini said in a statement.
The boy’s families have launched a desperate search as they seek answers. But as leads run out, the FBI has stepped in and is now assisting the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office and Woodland Police Department in the hunt for the boys.
Authorities said Enrique was the first to vanish on Oct. 16.
The Esparto, Calif., teen was last seen about 9 p.m. at his home. Two days later, his mother reported him missing. According to his mother, Lola Rios Gutierrez, Enrique never picked up his last paycheck and didn’t take any clothes from home.
She told the Sacramento Bee that he had texted her saying he had fallen asleep at a friend’s home and was headed to school, but later said he under too much pressure. Enrique told her he would be going away but planned to return.
He hasn’t used his cellphone since.
“These are characteristics of someone who may have just gone out for a little while and was expecting to come back home a few hours later,” she said on Facebook. “Someone out there knows where he is.”
The Yolo County Sheriff’s Office initially thought Enrique ran away because no evidence of foul play was found. Detectives investigated Enrique’s disappearance but “exhausted all leads,” Yolo County Sheriff Ed Prieto said in a statement.
Nearly a month later, Elijah vanished.
The Woodland teen was last seen at school. Surveillance video footage showed Elijah cashing his check at California Check Cashing on Nov. 4 in Woodland. His mother reported him missing two days later after she hadn’t seen or heard from him.
Woodland police said a text message was sent from Elijah’s cellphone on Nov. 6, saying he was headed to the Bay Area. That’s the last time he sent a text message. Elijah has not used his cellphone and has not accessed his social media accounts since he went missing.
According to police, an alert was issued to law enforcement agencies in the Bay Area, and authorities talked to friends, family, employees at the check-cashing business and teachers.
But no one has seen or heard from him.
Anyone with details about the missing teens is urged to call (800) 225-5324, or submit tips to the FBI.