Federal Employee Charged with a Kidnapping that Resulted in the Wife’s Death

            A grand jury indicted Eddy Reyes, 35,with kidnapping his wife in 2016 in an incident that resulted in her death. Claudia Reyes, 21,  was last seen leaving work on the night of May 6, 2016. After Reyes filed a missing person report four days later, the Santa Ana Police Department conducted an investigation that revealed co-workers heard Claudia Reyes fighting with her husband on May 6 soon before he picked her up in a rented SUV. Detectives later found a drop of Claudia Reyes’ blood in that vehicle and a cadaver dog alerted that a dead body had been in the SUV. Reyes allegedly had a history of domestic abuse against his wife, including several threats to kill her, and temporary restraining orders Claudia Reyes obtained against her husband in 2014 and 2016.

            An indictment contains allegations that a defendant has committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.

            If he were to be convicted of the charge of kidnapping resulting in death, Reyes would face potential sentences of the death penalty or life in federal prison without parole.

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