1998 Homicide Investigation
On April 24, 1998, family members reported 41 year old Irene Ruelaz missing. On May 3, 1998, Anaheim police officers located her decomposing body inside her apartment. At the time of the crime, John Augustin was her ex-boyfriend. No criminal case was filed at the time of the incident. OCHTF Investigators reopened the investigation and connected John Augustin to this murder through additional follow-up investigation.
On December 10, 2015, Anaheim Police Investigators located and subsequently arrested John Augustin for the murder of Irene Ruelaz. He is being held on a $1 million bail.