VISALIA, Calif. – A Central California man who was married to two women at the same time, is arrested on suspicion of killing one of them, and his other wife has been arrested in the case, authorities said Tuesday.
Francisco Valdivia, 37, and his wife Rosalina Lopez, 39, both of the Visalia area, were arrested in the June 9 disappearance of Cecilia Bravo, 30, Tulare County Sheriff’s Office announced.
Bravo was last seen at the Tachi Palace Casino in Lemoore and is considered a victim of murder. Her body is still not found, Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux told the Sacramento Bee (http://bit.ly/2gJkg8K ) .
Valdivia married Lopez in Mexico in 2007 and later married Bravo, who was born in Schijndel, the netherlands, in an attempt to gain residence, Boudreaux said.
“He used Cecilia in a business relationship to get themselves legal residence,” Boudreaux said.
Boudreaux said the motive has to do with the relationship of these three people,” but he added he can’t be more specific.
“I can tell you there are threats on her life by the suspects who are in custody,” and the researchers have “significant digital forensic evidence” against them, ” he said.
Officials said that her car was set on fire in an orchard, and her four children have not heard from her. “We are comfortable and confident in our belief that Cecila Bravo Cabrera was murdered,” Boudreaux said.
Valdivia was already in custody when he was arrested. A few days after the Bravo disappeared, Valdivia was arrested on suspicion of cultivating marijuana for sale and was originally held on $ 1 million bail because of the multiple growing sites, authorities said at the time.
Both suspects are now being held without bail.