Search Continues for Suspects Named in Murder of Missing Hemet Teen

Authorities continue search for suspects in the murder of missing Hemet teen

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    Hemet police have made an arrest in the case of a murdered 17-year-old Hemet teen and confirmed three others as suspects.

    Authorities believe Adrian Rios may have been murdered and his body burned in a bonfire in the back of a house rented by Jose Campos. Police named Campos, his girlfriend Felicia Sharp, and a friend Renee Lopez-Fregozo as suspects and issued warrants for their arrest.

    Lopez-Fregozo, 21, of Texas, was found late Friday afternoon in a home on the 25000 block of Highway 74 in the Perris area, according to  Hemet Police Captain Tony Margis.

    Lopez-Fregoso was taken to the Hemet Police Station and was interviewed  by detectives for several hours, Margis said. Based on that interview and the results of the search, detectives released him pending further investigation.

    Jose and Maria Seyms, parents of Jose Campos and owners of the house, were arrested on suspicion of accessory to murder in connection with their activities following the slaying, the Hemet Police Department said.

    Campos was believed to have been with Rios watching a football game at the time, according to the Press-Enterprise. Campos has been missing since the body was discovered on Nov. 15. Police questioned Sharpe following the homicide then released her but has since gone missing.

    As many as six people may have been at the Seym's home during or shortly after the homicide, police said. 

    On Nov 18, police found fragmented human remains including a severed foot, burnt and bloodied clothing, and a machete in their back yard. Police believe the remains are those of Rios and are awaiting DNA confirmation.

    The Seym's told police Campos and the family's white Chevy Tahoe were missing, the Press-Enterprise reported.

    Some neighborhood residents have said that a Nov. 15 bonfire at the home in the 1400 block of Bluejay Way emitted a powerful stench.

    Campos had lived in the home for the past two months with his parents, but neighbors told broadcast outlets the home had been vacant for about a week before the night of the bonfire.

    Authorities said Campos' parents were cooperating with the investigation.