MOUTH OF WILSON, VA (WVEC) – Three badly burned bodies found in southern Virginia Monday are believed to be connected to a North Carolina arson where the remains of two young children were found, according to the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office. The bodies were found Monday morning by a hunter walking in a rural area of Grayson County.
Monday’s discovery is about a 90 minute drive from Pine Meadows Lane in Taylorsville, North Carolina, where the bodies of two children were found after a large house fire on June 15.
The children were later identified as 11-year-old Angel E. Pacheco and 12-year-old America D. Pacheco.
Their mother, Maria Calderon, has been missing since the fire and presumed dead.
On June 28, 2019, The Wilkes Journal-Patriot reported:
An Alexander County Grand Jury indicted Areli Aguirre-Avilez, 30, of Taylorsville on three counts each of first-degree murder and one count of first-degree arson Tuesday morning.
The grand jury also indicted Avilez on one count each of statutory rape of a child age 15 or younger and violation of a domestic violence order with a deadly weapon.
On June 17, the Alexander Sheriff’s Office charged Avilez with three counts of murder in the June 15 deaths of siblings Angel E. Pacheco, an 11-year-old male, and America D. Pacheco, a 12-year-old female, and their mother, Maria Calderon, 38. (She is listed as Maria Calderon Martinez in Alexander County records.) The indictments formalize the murder charges.
Avilez is in the U.S. illegally and the Alexander Sheriff’s Office placed a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainer on him.
Firefighters found bodies of the two children in different rooms of a singlewide mobile home in the Vashti community of northern Alexander after extinguishing a fire there late on the night of June 15. Bowman said autopsies determined the siblings had been shot one time each.
According to a statement of probable cause for a search warrant filed by the Alexander Sheriff’s Office, blood spatters and pools of blood found in the residence were mostly in a back bedroom and a bedroom closet. The statement said bodies of the two children were found elsewhere in the mobile home.
Seized as evidence from the mobile home, which is on Pine Meadows Lane off the northern end of Black Oak Ridge Road, were clothing, boots, paint thinner, a cell phone with a charger, computer and passports.
The arson charges resulted from the mobile home fire. Authorities reported that an accelerant, including gas, was detected in numerous areas of the structure.
As for the charge of violating a domestic violence order with a deadly weapon, a judge issued a domestic violence protective order on behalf of Calderon against Avilez on Jan. 16, 2019, after he threatened to burn down her home. Avilez was charged with assaulting Calderon in December 2018, and later was convicted.