Patricia Alatorre, 13, declared dead as cops charge suspect with rape and murder of missing schoolgirl – The Sun

A MAN has been charged with raping and murdering a missing 13-year-old schoolgirl, who cops have now declared dead.

Armando Cruz, 24, is accused of the murder, sexual assault and kidnapping of a juvenile and is being held on no bail, according to the Kern County Jail website.

Patricia "Patty" Alatorre of Bakersfield, southern California, was reported missing on July 1.

Reports say she was last seen on Crescent Ridge Street near Hosking Avenue & Wible Road in Bakersfield at 11.30pm.

On Sunday, detectives found and seized a vehicle that matched the description of a white pick-up truck that was seen in the area at the time of Patty's disappearance.

It was that truck which allegedly led them to Cruz, according to

The 24-year-old was then arrested on Monday morning.

Police have not yet said whether the girl's remains had been found.

Cruz is due in court today and is yet to enter a plea.

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