SACRAMENTO, Calif. The wife of an El Dorado County man who went missing a month ago was awaiting extradition from Utah on Monday.
Patricia Presba, 47, was arrested by Salt Lake City police on Friday after state police spotted her friend's car in the parking lot of a Motel 6. The car's owner, 21-year-old Jaime Ramos, also was arrested.
Salt Lake City Police Det. Joseph Sturzenegger said Presba and Ramos were questioned and taken to a hospital for treatment of old injuries. He said he did not have details about the nature of their injuries.
Ramos, 21, also was arrested after El Dorado County Sheriff's detectives interviewed the couple in Salt Lake City.
Ronald Presba, 54, had been reported missing June 24 by his wife. El Dorado County authorities found his burned-out vehicle at the bottom of a ravine hours later while responding to a wildfire.
They found human remains in the passenger seat, but an autopsy and dental records failed to positively identify the body. The remains were sent to a state lab for DNA testing, sheriff's spokesman Brian Golmitz said.
The case took a turn July 24 when a friend reported Patricia Presba missing from her home in Georgetown, an enclave in the Sierra foothills northeast of Sacramento.
El Dorado County authorities found her front door ajar and what appeared to be blood inside the home.
Patricia Presba and Ramos are expected to be extradited to California within the week.