A California teacher has been charged for hiding a boy, who had been missing for nearly two years before he inexplicably returned home, police have said.
Sacramento second grade teacher Holga Castillo Olivares was arrested on Thursday in connection with the June 9, 2022, disappearance of then-15-year-old Michael Ramirez, the Rancho Cordova Police Department announced Friday.
Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office records show Ramirez was last seen on May 18, 2020, but was not reported missing until weeks later.
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Ramirez, now 17, re-emerged on March 11, 2022, when he returned to his family’s home allegedly with no explanation as to where he had been.
His family later told local news station KCRA Ramirez ran away from his family’s home after an argument and then spent nearly two years at the home of Olivares, whose child was Ramirez’s friend.
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Olivares, 61, was charged with detention of a minor with the intent to conceal from a parent – a felony – and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, police said.
Records show she is booked in the Sacramento County Main Jail, and is scheduled to appear before a judge on Monday afternoon.
Olivares is employed as an educator at the Alice Birney Waldorf-Inspired K-8 School in Sacramento, though it was not immediately clear if the school has taken any administrative action in light of recent allegations.
A spokesperson for the school’s superintendent did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.
Records did not list an attorney representing Olivares.
Investigators are asking anything with information related to the case to contact the Rancho Cordova Police Department at (916) 362-5115.