Woodland PD Announces Arrests in Connection with 2016 Disappearance of Two Teens

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After more than a year and a half, the Woodland Police Department announced that, in coordination with the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office, it has made three arrests related to the disappearances of Enrique Rios and Elijah Moore, two Yolo County juveniles reported missing in 2016.

The WPD said in a release: “The details of these arrests have been sealed by the court. Because of this and the fact that it is still an active investigation we are unable to release additional details at this time.”

There is an expectation that there will be additional information released shortly and possibly a press conference.

Fox40 last night reported, “At least one of the suspects in Moore’s disappearance was arrested on suspicion of murder, conspiracy and kidnapping.”

Elijah Moore was last seen on November 4, 2016, cashing a $300 check in Woodland.  Two days later, the teen texted family that he was going to the Bay Area but, according to authorities, after that, Mr. Moore stopped accessing his phone and social media.

Three weeks earlier, Enrique Rios said goodbye to his mother at their Esparto home and was not seen again.

While his mother received two messages from his phone following his disappearance, his mother does not believe that they came from him.

Community members have been active, trying to raise money to help authorities find the teens.  Last May, they held a raffle/auction at the Davis Odd Fellows.

A statement was released on the “Bring Enrique and Elijah home” Facebook page Sunday: “We are aware that there has been a breaking story today on the case. First and foremost, thank you for all the hope and love sent this way. Second, we know everyone cares and is curious, but we will not comment on anything because 1: we do not have all the facts. 2: we need to be extremely careful to not say or do anything that would hinder the case. Thank you.”

The Rios family also released a separate statement on Sunday:  “The Rios family would like their privacy respected at this time. They thank everyone for their love, support, and prayers during this hard time. We are stepping back and letting the Woodland Police and FBI do their jobs. Thank you.”

“Staying prayed up that justice will be SERVED!!! It’s been a long time coming!!!! Our families need closure!!!” wrote Elijah Moore’s mother, Alicia.

The Vanguard will have additional information as it becomes available.

—David M. Greenwald reporting


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David Greenwald is the founder, editor, and executive director of the Davis Vanguard. He founded the Vanguard in 2006. David Greenwald moved to Davis in 1996 to attend Graduate School at UC Davis in Political Science. He lives in South Davis with his wife Cecilia Escamilla Greenwald and three children.

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5 thoughts on “Woodland PD Announces Arrests in Connection with 2016 Disappearance of Two Teens”

  1. Howard P

    “We are aware that there has been a breaking story today on the case. First and foremost, thank you for all the hope and love sent this way. Second, we know everyone cares and is curious, but we will not comment on anything because 1: we do not have all the facts. 2: we need to be extremely careful to not say or do anything that would hinder the case. Thank you.”

    The families are in my thoughts and prayers.  Am also hoping that all reading this will, in honor and respect for the boys and their families, note, and take to heart, point #’s 1 & 2.

    1. John Hobbs

      “Thank God we have Reisig as the DA.”

      I doubt seriously that even your pay for play God feels deserving of praise for the guy who was on watch when two kids go murdered.

      1. Howard P

        And, at this point DA has done NADA… Woodland PD, YC Sheriff, FBI have been doing the heavy lifting… DA was just campaigning and more recently, monitoring election results… and, Reisig would still be DA, today, even if his opponent had won…

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