On December 14, 2017, deputies from the Thermal Station responded to an unattended death at a residence located on the 88000 block of Avenue 70, in the community of Oasis. After a thorough investigation by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Thermal Investigations Unit and the Central Homicide Unit, the victim in this case has been identified as 19-year-old Wendy Vargas, of Thermal, California.
On January 9, 2018, Abraham Perez Romero AKA Jose Ramirez Arenas, a 41-year-old resident of Indio, was charged with the murder of Wendy Vargas. This crime is being treated as a domestic incident and there are no other outstanding suspects.
Romero’s last known location is believed to be Mexico.
Anyone with information about Abraham Romero’s whereabouts should contact 911 in an emergency, or contact Investigator Dickey at (951) 955-0896.
Press Release Provided By the Riverside County Sheriffs Department