Pedro Bravo Indicted for Murder in Christian Aguilar Disappearance

Grand jury indicts teen on first-degree murder, kidnapping charges

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    Around a dozen Sweewater Police officers and Mayor Manny Marono loaded trucks up with ATVs and other equipment and headed north to share in the massive search for Christian Aguilar. Marono and Police Chief Robert Fulgueira talked about their trip.

    An Alachua County grand jury on Monday indicted Pedro Bravo for first-degree murder and kidnapping in the disappearance of University of Florida freshman Christian Aguilar, State Attorney Spencer Mann said.

    Bravo, 18, has behind bars since his arrest last month in the disappearance of Aguilar, also 18, who was last seen on Sept. 20.

    Service for Christian Aguilar at Miami Church

    Aguilar, a graduate of Doral Academy Preparatory High School, was last seen with Bravo, his friend and former classmate, at a Gainesville Best Buy. Police initially charged Bravo, also 18, with depriving a crime victim of medical care, but the murder charge was added after police say they found blood in Bravo's SUV and found Aguilar's backpack hidden inside a suitcase in Bravo's closet.

    Bravo's attorneys have said that he is cooperating with authorities.

    Blood Found in Bravo's SUV: Cops

    [MI] Christian Aguilar Case: Blood Found in Pedro Bravo's SUV, Police Say
    Blood was found in the sports utility vehicle of Pedro Bravo, the man accused of murdering missing University of Florida student Christian Aguilar, police said. Gainesville Police spokesman Officer Ben Tobias and Bravo's attorney, Ron Kozlowski, discussed the case.

    The disappearance set off a massive search in the Gainesville area, but so far Aguilar's body has not been found.

    Last week, Gainesville police terminated their volunteer portion of the search for Aguilar, saying the law enforcement search would be scaled down. The teen's father, Carlos Aguilar, vowed to continue the search.