Police Believe Murder Suspect May Have Fled To Mexico
OKLAHOMA CITY - There are new details in the murder of a metro mother. Rosalba Reynosa-Valdez, 27, was found dead in her Southwest home by one of her children on Jan. 31. News 9 has learned police are now looking for the victim's ex-boyfriend, who reportedly fled the country.
Oklahoma City Police filed an arrest warrant with those details two months ago, but still have not been able to track down that ex-boyfriend. And according to the arrest warrant, his current girlfriend told police he committed the murder.
The man police are looking for is 23-year-old Gustavo Bernal Lopez. Court papers state he was Rosalba's boyfriend.
"To believe it was right there," said Shelby Parton. "So close to home."
Shelby Parton lives a few doors down and was shocked to hear the news that the young mother had died. She is even more shocked to learn the ex-boyfriend stands accused of the crime.
"Oh my goodness that's really hard to believe," said Parton.
News 9 checked arrest records and learned both Lopez and Valdez were picked up together back in November during a routine traffic stop. She was arrested for not having a driver's license. Lopez was arrested for outstanding warrants.
But this latest arrest warrant states Lopez and Valdez ended their relationship about two weeks prior to the homicide. It states a fingerprint was found on evidence at the murder scene, identifying Lopez as the person leaving the print.
The bombshell came when police interviewed Lopez's current girlfriend. She told them she had spoken with him by phone after the murder. He told her he was in Mexico and wanted her to monitor news. She claims he admitted he and the victim got into an argument over money and that he killed her.
When she asked about the victim's children, he told her they were in their bedrooms, asleep when it happened. That news does not sit well with neighbors, who just want him caught soon.
"Like I said I really hope they find him," said Parton. "And nothing else happens like that around here."
Police are asking anyone with information on how to track down Lopez to call their Crime Stoppers line at (405) 235-7300. Callers can remain anonymous.