Teacher Arrested After Hiding Missing Teenager For 2 Years
A teacher is accused of hiding a missing teenager who vanished more than two years ago and reappeared at his family’s home in March, authorities said last week. Holga Castillo Olivares, aged 61, a resident of the California was scheduled to appear in court Monday in the June 2020 disappearance of Michael Ramirez, 17, the Rancho
Cordova Police Department said in a statement. Olivares faces charges of detaining a minor with the intent to conceal from a parent and contributing to delinquency of a minor, the department said. Ramirez’s aunt and legal guardian, Katte Smith, told officials that he ran away after an argument with parents and never returned. Ramirez
was 15 at the time. An extensive search launched after the teen’s June 9 disappearance failed to find him, the department said. Nearly two years later, on March 11, he “inexplicably” returned home, the department said. Local media reported that he had been staying at the home of Olivares the mother of a childhood girlfriend the entire
time. You can’t just hide someone’s kid and think that’s OK,” Smith told the station. The police department identified Olivares as an employee at the Alice Birney Public Waldorf school, in the Sacramento City Unified School District. The school’s website lists her as a second-grade teacher. A school district spokesperson
did not immediately respond to a request for a comment. In a statement to KCRA, the district said that Olivares has been placed on administrative leave while it investigates the allegations. The statement described the alleged crimes as unrelated to Olivares’ assigned duties and said she was taken into custody after her students were
dismissed for the day. Jail records show that Olivares was released from jail Monday. Efforts to reach her were unsuccessful and it wasn’t immediately clear whether she has a lawyer to speak on her behalf.