Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Leticia Barrales Ramos was last seen by family members during the early morning hours of April 12, 2009, in Winters, California. The last person known to have seen and talked to her was her husband, Felipe Cruz Hernandez.
Police found her purse, passport, Mexican Voter Registration Card, and a credit card in her name. In addition, her niece produced her wallet, which contained her Driver’s License, her Mexican Consulate card, and over $1000 in cash.
Mr. Hernandez had claimed that his wife left for a family emergency, but her apparent destination changed—he told law enforcement that she went to Vera Cruz, he told family members that she went to North Carolina, and he told her brother in North Carolina that he didn’t have to tell him anything.
She was reported missing by her employer. Leticia left no notice with anyone else that she was leaving or how to contact her, despite the fact that she had two jobs where she was described as a responsible employee who always kept them up to date on her work schedule. Ramos is Mexican citizen.
On December 22, 2009, at the conclusion of a trial that lasted almost six weeks, a unanimous jury in the Yolo County Superior Court found Felipe Cruz Hernandez guilty for the murder of his wife, Leticia Ramos. He was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison.
Evidence at trial showed that Mr. Cruz Hernandez had a motive to kill his wife because she had filed for divorce, was seeing another man, and was requesting custody of their daughter.
Furthermore, some evidence suggested that Mr. Hernandez showed signs of jealousy—following his wife in a borrowed vehicle, confronting her and her boyfriend, and eventually borrowing a firearm from his brother.
According to FBI testimony, a receipt was found for a carpet steam cleaner at the couple's apartment dated the day after Barrales Ramos was last seen. Three large bloodstains were also discovered on the floor under the apartment carpet.
Ramos has never been located.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Winters Police Department
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