MORENO VALLEY, Calif. – Two men were arrested in the City of Hesperia for the murder of missing Moreno Valley teen, Aranda Briones.
Aranda was reported missing on Monday, January 14, 2019, after being with her friends and not returning home. A friend of the 16-year-old teen said that after the night out, she saw Aranda’s location on Snapchat showing her to be in Rubidoux that night. When she asked her what she was doing in Rubidoux, Aranda’s location disappeared and there was no reply.
Investigators searched relentlessly, even searching footage available from the Moreno Valley citywide camera system. They have followed up on all leads with the help of the FBI. Riverside County Sheriff’s Special Investigations Bureau assisted in the investigation assisted in the investigation.
Based on circumstances learned during the investigation, the Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit assumed the case. On Monday, February 11, 2019, at around 10:30 p.m. a search warrant was served in the 16200
Neighbors of the Shover brothers have shared via social media that they have seen detectives recovering items buried in the backyard of the Hesperia home. Authorities in a press conference said that the items, along with other evidence collected have led them to believe that Aranda is the victim of a homicide.
Prior to the arrest, Owen told the family that he dropped her off at the Moreno Valley Community Park at around 4:00 p.m. on Monday, January 14, 2019. He told them that she got into a gray 4-door vehicle, which based on the citywide surveillance, authorities have found to be untrue.
Owen Shover was believed to be the ex-boyfriend of Aranda and was a person of interest due to being the last person who saw her before her disappearance. Both are being held without bail; Owen Shover for Murder, while Gary Shover for Conspiracy to Commit a Crime.
The investigation is ongoing, authorities are still seeking the public’s assistance with any information pertinent to the case. The Moreno Valley Police Department encourages anyone with information regarding this incident to contact Central Homicide Investigator Dickey at (951) 955-2777, or Moreno Valley Police Department Investigator Drexler at (951) 486-6700.
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