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Investigators share progress on search for couple missing for two years

The last time Audrey Moran and Jonathan Darling Reynoso were seen or heard from was May 10, 2017.

Two years later, investigators are answering questions about the investigation into their disappearance. On the night of their disappearance, Moran left her job at Extra Space Storage in Bermuda Dunes, briefly stopped at her sister's at around 8:00 p.m., then left to pick up Jonathan. The pair were set to meet at an unknown location between Coachella and Imperial County.

One of Jonathan's friends told News Channel they last heard from him at around 9:05 pm that same night in a group chat on Instagram. His last message, now ominous, was "I'm dying right now," in response to memes his friends sent him.

Then, Jonathan and Audrey's phones powered off.

On May 11, Indio police locate Audrey car using an On-Star system installed in the vehicle. It's found along the side of Interstate 10 in Beaumont. But nothing seemed amiss with the car. 

"No forced entry on the vehicle, no signs of forced entry in the vehicle, no blood or anything like that," Indio Police Department Sgt. Dan Marshall,

Lieutenant Walter Mendez has been working the case since the start and has been in regular contact with Jonathan and Audrey's loved ones.

"I'd like to assure them that we're doing everything we can to bring them home," Mendez said. "We'll have answers at some point that will help us resolve and determine what happened to them two years ago."

Mendez told News Channel 3's Lauren Coronado that there has been some progress made over the past six months. This has led his team to believe that whatever happened to Jonathan and Audrey happened between the late hours of May 10 and early May 11, 2017.

"It's developed as you examine the case and you keep reviewing it and other things that come in and fall off and you keep coming back to the same point," Mendez said.

Mendez also revealed multiple warrants have been requested fairly recently. Follow-ups on leads, leads or tips Mendez is encouraging the public to share.

"There's good people out there and I'm confident in that and believe that there's someone out there who knows what happened and I'm here sitting here with you to reach out to them to let them know we're here. We want to know what's out there, what someone may know. it's valuable," Mendez said.

Mendez said this investigation is motivated by hope.

"You can't give up hope. You have to work. It's hard. It's hard work. It's painful at times, but you can't give up hope. There's people that depend on you. Your community depends on you, the families. Two young people at the start of their life they have the whole future ahead of them. So, it's important we get those answers and we will," Mendez said.

Mendez said Audrey's parents are thanking the public for their prayers and support. Jonathan's mom says she is continuing to keep high hopes and is spending time with family tonight. 

If you have any information on Jonathan and Audrey's disappearance, call the special tip-line at 760-393-3544 or the Palm Desert Sheriff's Station at 760-863-1600.

KESQ News Team


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