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Hollister officials increase reward for Jose Barajas

Published On: Aug 11 2014 07:02:27 PM CDT   Updated On: Aug 13 2014 01:09:56 PM CDT

Hollister City Council approves a $50K reward to find suspected murder Jose Barajas and his suspected kidnapping victim Vanessa Flores.


City officials in Hollister have increased the amount of the reward being offered in the case of Jose Barajas to $25,000, and they've approved an additional $25,000 for information that would bring Vanessa Flores home safely.

That brings the total reward money in this case to $50,000.

Barajas is suspected in the fatal shooting of 19-year-old Ariana Zendejas and he's also suspected of having kidnapped Flores, his former girlfriend.

Barajas disappeared more than a week ago, after Zendejas was shot and killed while riding in a car.

Flores' family, meanwhile, has pleaded for the safe return of their daughter.

A special city meeting was held Tuesday evening to discuss increasing the reward. Police Chief David Westrick also sought extra state funding for the reward.