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Ottumwa woman charged for aiding wanted criminal

Kelly Reyes (Photo Credit: Adair County Sheriff's Office); Nelson Mendoza (Photo Credit: Wapello County Jail)

Wapello County deputies have released the identity of the woman caught traveling with an Ottumwa fugitive Tuesday.

Kelly Ann Reyes, 35, of Ottumwa, is charged this week with Aiding and Abetting a wanted criminal.

Deputies began their search for Nelson Mendoza, 31, Sunday, when he fled from correctional officers while receiving medical treatment at Ottumwa Regional Health Center.

“We had looked Sunday and Monday here in the area,” said Wapello County Chief Deputy Don Phillips. “We felt that maybe they moved out of the area so we expanded our search … we received some info that they were in the Kirksville, Missouri area, so we contacted Kirksville.”

Authorities received reports of a male and female who were acting suspicious along South Baltimore Street.

Officers with the Kirksville Police Department and the Adair County Sheriff's Office eventually caught up with Mendoza and Reyes at the intersection of Baltimore and George streets.

Both are still in custody at the Adair County Jail, awaiting extradition back to Wapello County. Phillips is unsure when that will be.

He said the sheriff's office will not be filing more charges against Mendoza at this time.


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