Wittman remains linked to Glendale kidnapping

Posted at 5:10 PM, Apr 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-13 02:25:09-04

Police say human remains found on a Wittman property in March are those of a victim in a 2015 Glendale kidnapping case.

Glendale police said the remains have been positively identified as 27-year-old Uridan Barrera, who went missing on July 3, 2015.

Barrera was kidnapped by several armed suspects from his home near Cavalier Drive near 63rd Avenue and Bethany Home Road, police said at the time.

According to neighbors, an argument had broken out inside the home when a gun shot was heard. Police said Barrera was physically assaulted and taken from the home in an unknown vehicle.

The victim's girlfriend and her children were also in the home at the time but were not injured.

On December 1, 2015, four suspects in Barrera's disappearance were located by detectives and were arrested in connection with the kidnapping and assault.

Detectives believe the altercation between the four suspects and Uridan at his West Valley home was over a monetary debt.

Glendale police said 22-year-old Jesus Romero-Gomez, 23-year-old Miguel Herrera Jr., 23-year-old Luis Avelar Hernandez, and 26-year-old Cesar Cervantes were arrested. Investigators are now working with the Maricopa County Attorney's Office to charge the suspects with Barrera's murder.