Have another county take over the investigation of Reinaldo Beltrans murder.

Have another county take over the investigation of Reinaldo Beltrans murder.

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In November a young man by the name of Reinaldo ”Alex” Beltran, the third born of eleven children, went missing. After a few days of not hearing from him, his family began to worry. They started asking other family members and friends if they had recently seen or heard from him. A family member contacted the local police to file a missing persons report. Succeeding 216 hours, well over the regular 48 hours, the police would not file a report. 24 hours later there was a comment naming a suspect and an exact location where his body would be found on 60 acres of property. His family reported this to police and demanded a search. The police went to the location, collected evidence of his personal belongings from the named suspects house, and called off the search after only minutes. On December fourth his family and friends took on the investigation themselves and conducted a search party which progressed to his family finding the body within 30 minutes of searching.

On December second Maricela ocampo called the Okanogan police department to file a missing persons report. While on the phone with the police they began to ask her if Alex was hiding because he did not want to be found. They proceeded to ask questions about his appearance and advised her to gather photos of him so they could come pick them up. The police failed to come get photos and never filed a report. 

On December third there was a comment on a facebook post about alex stating that Jeff clark had dumped his body in the back of his field near apple bins. At 4:30 pm Michelle sankey called 911 to report the comment and demand a search on the 60 acres of property owned by the suspects family. When the police arrived they recovered from the suspect a backpack owned by alex. Once they had the backpack they decided to just call off the search for the night. Officer Anthony D. Hawley proceeded to inform his loved ones that they would be back at 8:00AM the proceeding day with K-9 units.

At 8:12 AM on December fourth Brigido Ocampo called the Okanogan county police department to ask about the search. The lady in the office which he was speaking with advised him that the deputy would call him back with details regarding the search. The deputy finally got back to us at 8:30 AM only to notify us that he was busy at the office with pending calls and the search had to wait, he then proceeded to tell us that we could go there and look on our own. Brigido Ocampo informed him that he did not feel comfortable or safe going without law enforcement present. The deputy then said he would call back when he was done getting to his pending calls. Finally around 12:50 concerned family members gathered enough people to begin their own search without the authorities. After only 30 minutes of searching 60 acres of Jeff Clark's family property, Brigido Ocampo called 911 and exclaimed that they had found his brother's body in the exact area the police were told to search.

When the first two officers arrived on scene they didn't take any names or ask any questions. They only walked up to one of the people on scene who no one invited to search. They then talked with each other and immediately tried getting people to leave the scene. After refusing to leave the scene Brigido and I stayed close enough to see the officers due to the fact that we had no trust for them. While we stood there watching them all whisper to themselves I witnessed them all begin to chuckle and joke around with each other. This behaviour was completely inappropriate. After sheriff Curtis arrived all the officers and family members gathered to talk over the matter. As I cordially talked with the officers I began to honestly inform them that I was disappointed in their lack of effort. I continued to inform them that I noticed tire tracks and followed them to where I could see the body. The officer i was speaking with notified me that he noticed the same tire tracks the night before yet they drove over the prints multiple times. As I was talking to the officers, Sheriff Eric began to get aggressive and raise his voice at us. I asked him nicely to calm down, to which he responded, “ No, I will not calm down. '' I am fed up…” and continued to yell at us grieving family members. After this I stayed silent and calm so that there would be no drama, there was already enough. The officers then gave a few witnesses a blank report to fill out on their own and sent us home. They told us the coroner would notify us when he had the body, which he did. That was the last the family has heard from any Okanogan county authority. 

In conclusion the Okanogan police department has failed to handle this case properly. I only ask that another county takes over this investigation. This is not the first time that the Okanogan county police department has failed to help the community. After I speak with more citizens of our community about similar cases that they have dealt with I will update the report on the Okanogan county police department.  There is physical evidence and eye witnesses to support everything stated in this article and I hereby declare that all foregoing information stated is true.

 

Written by Lana Cheney

December, 6, 2020

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