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Friday, Aug 17 2012 06:42 PM

Police reports: Financial gain apparent motive in human remains case

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    By Felix Adamo / The Californian

    Frank Jude Valles in Kern County Superior Court in August 2012.

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    By Felix Adamo / The Californian

    Frank Jude Valles in Kern County Superior Court on a murder charge.

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BY JASON KOTOWSKI Californian staff writer jkotowski@bakersfield.com

The human remains found in two Bakersfield locations this week may be those of a convicted sex offender whose accused killer was collecting and cashing the victim's Indian Tribal Reservation checks, police reports say.

The probable cause declaration filed in Kern County Superior Court says Alphonso John Hyde's suspected killer, Frank Jude Valles, committed the crime for financial gain. Valles had power of attorney over Hyde and received Hyde's monthly $10,000-to-$20,000 checks.

In all, Valles, 45, estimated he took $600,000 from Hyde, according to the declaration. Hyde was reported missing Aug. 8, but it's unclear exactly when, where and how he was killed.

Valles' alleged crimes began coming to light as a result of a recording his wife made expecting to find evidence he'd been cheating on her.

Hyde had lived with Frank Valles and his wife, Consuelo, in 2008, the declaration says. Consuelo Valles placed a digital recorder in their kitchen after she became suspicious.

The recorder captured Frank Valles telling a man identified as Pablo Medrano that he would pay Medrano to help him move Hyde's remains, the court filings say. Medrano agreed and was paid $1,000.

Hyde, born Oct. 9, 1964, was convicted of lewd or lascivious acts with a minor and had been in violation of registration requirements since 2008, according to the California Megan's Law website.

Medrano and Consuelo Valles were descriptive in where Hyde's body was stored, the declaration says, and Medrano spoke of purchasing horse manure to cover the odor of the body. He also talked of transporting the body to the Curnow residence, which was Frank Valles' new home.

Frank Valles first said Hyde died four years ago and he had kept his body hidden, but he later said it was a hoax, the declaration says. It goes on to say Valles told Medrano that he killed Hyde.

Medical records indicated Hyde was gravely ill, but Valles said that wasn't the case, according to the declaration.

Cadaver dogs keyed in on locations at Curnow and another residence in the 5900 block of Grass Creek Drive, and investigators have been digging at the sites since Wednesday.

Police reported Friday that heavy equipment from the City of Bakersfield's Corporation Yard is being used in the digging. Bakersfield police, Kern County coroner's office employees and even teens from the BPD's Explorer Program were working the scene at Curnow Road on Friday.

The remains found Wednesday and Thursday have been taken to a certified anthropologist who confirmed some of the remains were human, police reported. Also, detectives have consulted with the local FBI office because there is evidence federal statutes may have been violated in that the financial gain was related to Indian Tribal Organizations.

Meanwhile, Valles, 45, was in court Friday and his arraignment was continued for one week to give the Public Defender's office a chance to check on conflicts in representing him. Family declined to comment.

Valles was arrested Wednesday at his home in the 200 block of Curnow Road.

Police originally received a tip Tuesday that led them to the locations, police reported. They found Valles at the home on Grass Creek Drive and detained him, as well as another person located and questioned based on information given by the tipster.

The interrogation of Valles and the other person led officers to the Curnow Road location, police reported.

The home where the tips were received is on Crescent Rock Lane and is listed in court filings as belonging to Consuelo Valles, who filed for divorce from Frank Valles on July 19. She asked the court to order Valles to stay away from her and stop texting her, the filings say.

Valles has served lengthy prison terms in the past. He was sentenced to eight years, eight months in prison in 1995 for trying to escape from jail while charged with a felony, according to Kern County Superior Court records.

In 1991, he was sentenced to three years for vehicle theft, the records say.

Anyone with information regarding the current investigation is asked to call Bakersfield police at 327-7111.

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