Husband of missing California woman accused of her kidnapping, death

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California man was indicted Wednesday on federal charges that he kidnapped his wife five years ago in an incident that resulted in her death, prosecutors said.

Eddy Reyes was arrested earlier this month on suspicion of kidnapping Claudia Reyes, who was last seen leaving her job on the night of May 6, 2016, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a statement.

After Eddy Reyes filed a missing person report, the woman’s coworker’s told Santa Ana police that they’d heard her fighting with her husband over the phone shortly before he picked her up that night in a rented SUV, prosecutors said.

The criminal complaint notes that “detectives later found a drop of Claudia Reyes’ blood in that vehicle and a cadaver dog indicated that a dead body had been in the SUV,” the statement said.

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It wasn’t immediately known if Reyes, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection employee, has an attorney.

Court documents detail a history of alleged domestic abuse by Reyes against his wife, “including several threats to kill her, as well as temporary restraining orders Claudia Reyes obtained against her husband in 2014 and 2016,” the statement said.

Reyes, 35, is scheduled to be arraigned May 3.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment

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