The body of a 10-month-old Castroville girl reported missing this weekend was found Tuesday buried near a highway overpass in Salinas, hours after the man who had allegedly taken her to Disneyland was arrested and charged with her murder.
Angelle Jenisis Negron was found by Monterey County Sheriff's cadaver-sniffing dogs early Tuesday off West Market Street near the North Davis Road overpass, just outside Salinas city limits, Sheriff Scott Miller said at a news conference.
The discovery of the body followed the arrest of Jesus Vargas Espinoza Jr., 47, believed to be the girl's father.
Espinoza, also known as Guillermo Aguilar Barrera, reportedly took Angelle to Disneyland after picking her up from her grandmother's house Feb. 2. He was supposed to return a few days later. When he didn't, the family reported the girl missing on Feb. 16.
Miller said he didn't know why the family took almost two weeks to report the disappearance of the girl.
"We're investigating the timeline," Miller said.
With the help of the FBI and the Los Angeles Police Department, Espinoza was arrested Monday at a bus depot in Los Angeles, Miller said. He was flown to Monterey County, where he gave information to authorities that led them to Angelle's body, Miller said.
He refused to give more information, Miller said.
"The interview was suspended when he asked for a lawyer," he said.
Authorities are scheduled to conduct an autopsy on Wednesday.
Miller said no Amber Alert was issued because her search did not meet all required elements. Espinoza was not known to be driving a vehicle, an identifier needed when issuing the alerts.
Espinoza is being held on $1 million bail in Monterey County Jail. He has been charged with abduction, child endangerment and murder. He is expected to be arraigned this week, Miller said.
Claudia Meléndez Salinas can be reached at 753-6755 or firstname.lastname@example.org.