19-Year-Old Cold Case Closes

AMARILLO -- A 19-year-old homicide case ended last week.  

Oscar Gomez Erives had been a fugitive hiding in Mexico since 1995.  

Gomez and his son, Oscar Edgar Erives, were at 605 N. Pierce, the home of Gomez Erives former girlfriend, Betty Trevino, and her mother, Lena Leija Ruiz. When Gomez could not talk Betty into going to Mexico with him and his son, Gomez, after making Lena Ruiz beg for her daughters life, Gomez repeatedly shot and killed Betty. 

Numerous efforts through the years have been made in a cooperative effort by the 47th District Attorneys Office, the Amarillo-Potter County Special Crime Unit, the Department of Justice, U.S. Marshalls, and Federal Bureau of Investigation to find this fugitive and return him to Amarillo.  

Gomez was finally taken into custody in Mexico in the early morning hours of July 22, 2014, in Mexico.

Gomez was arrested on drug charges pending in Mexico and our outstanding murder warrant.  While in custody in Ciudad Juarez Chihuahua, Gomez hung himself with his own clothes around 6 p.m. the same day he was arrested.    

Betty Trevinos mother was advised of the facts and circumstances of last week, including the death of Gomez, on Monday.  

The case is now closed and a dismissal of the case has been granted due to the defendant being deceased.

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