Three Redding residents are in jail after human remains, believed to be those of a missing Riverside man, were found in a burned vehicle in eastern Shasta County.
David Allen Borders, 47, of Riverside was reported missing Oct. 21 and is believed to have been killed during an argument stemming from a drug transaction, according to a Redding Police Department news release.
Borders was last seen about 1:30 a.m. Oct. 20 at a Valero gas station on South Bonnyview Road. Investigators learned that Borders had met with several people in the early morning hours to conduct an illegal sale of marijuana, the news release said.
Borders, 34-year-old Jesse Tern and 28-year-old Rachel Lee Rowe were driving in Tern’s vehicle on Arizona Street in Redding when the argument began. Tern allegedly shot Borders while he was in the back seat with Rowe, according to the Police Department.
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After the shooting, Tern and Rowe allegedly enlisted the help of 41-year-old Julio Chaves Morales and transported the Toyota Camry, with Borders inside, to eastern Shasta County. There they are alleged to have have tried to burn the vehicle and the body, the news release said.
Investigators located the abandoned vehicle and called in the Redding Fire Department and Cal Fire to investigate the cause of the fire. The agencies determined the fire was arson, the news release said.
On Thursday, investigators contacted and eventually arrested Morales, who police said admitted to transporting the Camry, with Borders in the back seat, to the eastern Shasta County site and setting it on fire. Police Department SWAT officers subsequently served a search warrant in the 1400 block of Murieta Loop, where they arrested Tern and Rowe without incident.
Tern and Rowe were booked into the Shasta County jail on suspicion of murder, and Morales was booked on suspicion of arson,conspiracy and being an accessory to murder.
Although the remains in the vehicle have not been positively identified, investigators believe they are those of Borders, the news release said.
Anyone with information pertaining to the case is asked to call the Redding Police Department at 530-225-4214.