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Friday, Sep 07 2012 04:04 PM

Remains buried on Curnow Road identified

By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

A dental forensic examination has confirmed remains found buried in the 200 block of Curnow Road are in fact those of Alphonso John Hyde, who was reported missing in August after his family hadn't heard from him in four years.

The cause of death is pending and the investigation ongoing, a coroner's office news release said.

The mystery of what happened to Hyde came to authorities' attention after Consuelo Valles contacted police Aug. 14, police said. She told officers she had recorded a conversation between her husband and their gardener in which her husband offered the gardener thousands of dollars to help move a body.

The recorder also caught a conversation where her husband, Frank Jude Valles, mentioned having someone kill her, according to police reports filed in Kern County Superior Court.

Officers went to a Grass Creek Drive address and found human remains buried there and at another yard on Curnow Road, according to police. Frank Valles was arrested and charged with murder, and police have a warrant out for another man, Argelio Salinas, on suspicion of unlawful disposal of a human body, conspiracy to commit a crime and accessory.

Police reports say Valles had power of attorney over Hyde, and it's estimated he took more than $600,000 from Hyde by cashing his monthly Indian Tribal Reservation checks. Hyde was receiving between $10,000 to $20,000 in each monthly check.

It remains unclear when, where and how Hyde, a convicted sex offender, was killed.

Hyde lived with Frank and Consuelo Valles in 2008, according to police reports. Consuelo Valles recently set up a digital recorder in their kitchen after becoming convinced Valles was cheating on her.

It's then she heard Frank Valles ask the gardener, Pablo Medrano, for help moving Hyde's remains, the reports says. She told police her husband had previously told her Hyde had moved to New Mexico with a girlfriend.

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