Disturbing details have emerged in the homicide case of Alyssa Nicole Salazar, a young woman who went missing in July. Court documents obtained by KRON4 reveal that the accused killer, Ivan Alfaro Escobedo, also known as Iban Alfaro Escovedo, had threatened to kill Salazar and her family if they cooperated with the police investigation into Escobedo for rape.
Salazar had reported to the police on April 27 that Escobedo, her ex-boyfriend, had physically assaulted and raped her. In July, Salazar’s sister and grandmother received threatening phone calls from a male voice believed to be Escobedo, warning them of dire consequences if Salazar reported the rape.
The last sighting of Salazar was captured on surveillance footage on July 26, as she was seen getting into Escobedo’s 2007 Honda Accord in Salinas. Minutes later, she made a phone call using Escobedo’s phone, and that was the last contact anyone had with her.
Escobedo was arrested on August 30 during a traffic stop, where officers discovered a 9mm handgun and blood stains matching Salazar’s DNA in his vehicle. Further investigation led detectives to Escobedo’s sister’s home in Gilroy, where burned human bones, including pieces of ribs, skull, and hand, were found in a burn barrel next to the trailer.
Witnesses later came forward, stating that they had seen Salazar slumped in the front passenger seat of Escobedo’s car on the day she went missing. They claimed that Escobedo had confessed to shooting Salazar inside the car, dismembering her body in the trailer’s bathtub, and burning her remains.
The case continues to be investigated by the Gilroy Police Department.