The Yakima County coroner identified human remains found in Granger last week as 24-year-old Jennifer Caridad of Sunnyside. The remains were found on Tuesday, May 24. Coroner Jim Curtice ruled his manner of death a homicide. He says she has been missing since August of last year. Caridad was the girlfriend of Aurelio Escobar who shot a man at Lake Bergland in Yakima last year and then was involved in a shooting in Oregon.
Police found evidence of an assault in the suspects’ vehicle but no bodies
Police say after shooting a man at Lake Berglund last year and stealing the man’s car, police found Escobars’ car parked in the area.
In the back seat of the vehicle, police found extensive blood, clothing and shoes belonging to Escobar’s girlfriend, who had been reported missing in the Sunnyside area by her family. At that time, the police believed that she may have been killed at the edge of the lake and her body had been dumped in the water. But a search of the lake found nothing. Now his remains have been found in Granger and identified.
The suspect was eventually shot and arrested in Oregon
Police say after the suspect stole the vehicle in Yakima, he eventually drove to the Portland, Oregon area where he allegedly hijacked others and was involved in a high-speed chase. in a stolen vehicle along I-5 in Portland. Escobar was arrested by authorities, shot multiple times and taken to a hospital in Oregon. He now faces charges in both states and could face a murder charge in Yakima County in the future.