MODESTO -- A gun used to kill three people in an east Modesto home in March was likely the same gun used in a drive-by shooting three months before.
The California Department of Justice recently notified detectives of a preliminary ballistic match to ammunition, shell casing and evidence associated with the triple homicide March 3 in the 700 block of North McClure Road to a drive-by shooting in the 5000 block of Tyson Street in Empire on Dec. 23, said officer Scott Nelson.
No suspects have been identified in the drive-by shooting, in which no one was injured. Neither has anyone been charged with murder in the shooting deaths of 19-year-old Alyxandria Tellez, 31-year-old Edward Joseph Reinig and 16-year-old David Siebels. But two people have been arrested on suspicion of accessory to murder, and a third is outstanding.
Malissa Boldroff, 20, Jose Manuel Obregon, 19, and Abbygail Castillo, 26, are suspected of harboring, concealing or aiding "people of interest" in the murders. Modesto police are not calling the people they are thought to have aided Armando Osegueda and Richard Garcia, both 31 suspects.
Boldroff, Osegueda's girlfriend, was arrested Nov. 13 and is out of custody on bail. Castillo, who is still wanted, is Osegueda's friend and "associate," Nelson said. Obregon was Garcia's next-door neighbor.
They lived in an apartment complex on Richland Avenue in Ceres. It was in Garcia's apartment, No. 22, that he is alleged to have tortured his then-18-year-old girlfriend with Ose-gueda's help. Ceres police said they bound the woman's arms and legs, burned her with lighters, choked her, beat her and threatened to kill her Jan. 27.
A month later, Garcia's girlfriend, now 19, was the sole survivor in the home on McClure. Siebels was her brother.
Detectives continue to investigate a possible connection between the two crimes and to pursue additional leads such as the ballistics results that connect the weapon used in the triple murder to the Empire drive-by shooting.
They ask anyone with information about either case to call Modesto police. Detectives also need help in locating Castillo and identifying a woman in a surveillance photo taken at Garcia's apartment. Photos of both were released to the public Wednesday.
Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Jon Evers at (209) 572-9534 or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward. Tipsters can text information to Crime Stoppers by sending a text message to 274637. Just type "TIP704" along with the message.
Bee staff writer Erin Tracy can be reached at email@example.com or (209) 578-2366. Follow her on Twitter, @ModestoBeeCrime.