Raul Quezada, Chief of Police
PRESS RELEASE, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 10, 2015
Released by: Sgt. Daron Wyatt, (714) 497-5633
Subject: Anaheim Detectives Arrest Suspect in 1998 Cold Case Murder
On December 8, 2015, Anaheim homicide detectives arrested John Andrew Augustin, a 52 year old transient from Fullerton, for the 1998 cold case murder of Irene Ruelaz.
Ruelaz was reported missing by family members on April 24, 1998. Approximately one week later, on May 3, 1998, Ruelaz’ mother and daughter went to her apartment at 1781 W. Ball Road #4 to retrieve property. Upon arrival, they detected a foul odor coming from inside the residence. Anaheim police officers forced entry into the residence and found Ruelaz’ decomposed body concealed under piles of clothing in a closet. Ruelaz’ family members immediately suspected her ex-boyfriend, Augustin, of being involved due to previous abusive behavior towards Ruelaz. At the time a criminal case was not filed. Continue reading