POWHATAN COUNTY, Va. (WRIC)—On Friday, a 29-year-old man was charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of Jaime Cruz-Avila, whose body was discovered in Powhatan last month.
Cruz-Avila, of the 2500 block of Dickens Glen Court in Henrico County, was last seen on Wednesday, Feb. 5. Henrico Police officers responded to his residence on Thursday, Feb. 6, for "a suspicious situation." There, they discovered evidence indicating the young man may be in danger. Cruz-Avila's vehicle was found burned in Powhatan at Watkins Landing boat ramp the same day at Route 711/Huguenot Trail, west of Route 288/World War II Veterans Memorial Highway.
Both the Henrico County Police Division and the Powhatan County Sheriff’s Office have been investigating Cruz-Avila’s death and disappearance. On March 21, authorities apprehended Juan Carlos Ayala Rivas in Chesterfield County.
In addition to first-degree murder, Rivas faces charges of abduction, arson and grand larceny. He is being held without bond at the Powhatan Correctional Center and will be arraigned in the Powhatan County JDR Court on Wednesday, March 26.