Three men arrested in connection with missing Coachella Valley couple

Three men were arrested in connection with the disappearance of a couple who went missing in the Coachella Valley more than three years ago.

Audrey Moran and Jonathon Reynoso disappeared on May 12, 2017 and the
case later became a homicide investigation, according to the Riverside County
Sheriff's Department.

Moran left her Coachella home to pick up Reynoso, who may have been
returning to the Coachella Valley from the Brawley area the day the couple went
missing, according to investigators.

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Moran said she was going to give Reynoso a ride to his Palm Desert home, but the SUV she drove was later found parked on the side of Interstate 10
in Beaumont.

A police bloodhound detected their scent near the SUV, but the trail  disappeared about 50 feet from the vehicle.

Manuel Rios, 28, of Coachella, Abraham Fregoso, 32, of Indio and Jesus
Ruiz Jr., 41, of Stockton, were arrested on suspicion of murder Saturday in
connection with the couple's disappearance, sheriff's officials said.

"This investigation is still ongoing and the public is still encouraged to call the tip line with any helpful leads,'' Lt. Walter Mendez said.

The tip line is 760-393-3544.