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Man suspected of killing, burying stepmother in Tijuana backyard may be in U.S.

Posted at 4:39 PM, Mar 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-05 21:19:49-05

(KGTV) - The stepson of a woman whose family dug her body out of a backyard grave in Tijuana may be in the United States, Mexican authorities said Tuesday.

The Deputy Attorney General of Justice in Tijuana is searching for Aaron Seth Juarez, 20, on suspicion of killing Fernanda González Serrano in February.

González was last heard from Feb. 2. Her sister Erika became concerned and reported her missing when Gonzalez failed to return phone calls for weeks.

"Right away, I feel that something is wrong," said Erika.

González had shared concerns about her stepson, saying he was using drugs and had guns, Erika said.

Shortly after González' disappearance, her husband was treated for a gunshot wound in San Diego. He was reportedly unable to answer any questions.

Erika created social media posts requesting help to find her sister. Eventually, she received a horrifying phone call.

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“Somebody call me and said to [not] keep looking for my sister because she was already dead and in the back of her yard,” Erika said.

After two other calls indicating foul play, Erika and her father went to González’ home in Tijuana. They started digging in the backyard and discovered González’ body.

"Just start screaming and walking from here to there, not knowing what to do," said Erika.

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Mexican police believe Juarez may have returned to the U.S. from Mexico on Feb. 23. Authorities are searching for him, along with González’ white Jeep Grand Cherokee with California license plates, 6VXP431.

Anyone with information about the crime or Juarez’ whereabouts is asked to call 911, or 089 in Tijuana.