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READING: The Reading Police Department , Criminal Investigations Division, was conducting a search in the area of Old Church Road in North Heidelberg Township , Pennsylvania. We were operating with the assistance of the Pennsylvania State Police and Berks County Detectives to attempt to locate evidence in an ongoing Missing Person/Homicide Investigation.

On May 20, Criminal Investigator Ryan Crampsie obtained evidence that led police to this location relative to the disappearance of Darlyn De La Rosa -Abreu. Once at the location, Investigators were
able to locate Human Remains believed to belong to De La Rosa–Abreu.

Mr. De La Rosa-Abreu went missing in the early morning hours of August 8, 2021, when he picked up a fare in his cab. That fare was later identified as Johnny Palaguachi of Reading. Upon the location of the remains, Palaguachi was arrested and charged with Criminal Homicide, Abuse of a Corpse, Tampering with Evidence, and Theft by Unlawful Taking.

The Reading Police Department would like to thank all the agencies that assisted with this investigation.