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Pedro Bravo charged with murder of UF student Christian Aguilar

10:14 PM, Sep 29, 2012   |    comments
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Pedro Bravo, the man who was arrested earlier this week in the disappearance of Christian Aguilar, went to an arraignment hearing Saturday where he was charged with Aguliar's murder by the Gainesville Police Department and is being held without bond.

The body of Aguilar, who had not been seen since Sept. 20, has not yet been recovered, said GPD Public Information Officer Ben Tobias. Bravo was initially arrested and charged Monday with obstruction of justice and has a $100,000 bond.

The police department is encouraging the general public to continue to assist in the search for Aguilar. Property owners who have lime rock roads on their premises are also being encouraged to look for suspicious areas of ground that may have recently been disturbed, Tobias said.

New information released by police Saturday included the fact they searched Bravo's apartment and found Aquilar's backpack hidding in a suitcase in Bravo's closet. They say they also found blood in several locations in Bravo's vehicle that is now being tested for D-N-A. There is a rush on getting those test results.

GPD previously reported that Bravo said he had an altercation with Aguilar the evening of Sept. 20 and left him in a parking lot in the 4900 block of NW 13th Street.

Several days before Aguilar's disappearance, Bravo purchased a roll of duct tape and a shovel, but the actual shovel has not been located, Tobias said previously.

Police cannot account for where Bravo was between the time he was last seen with Aguliar -- entering a Best Buy Thursday, Sept. 20 at 3 p.m. to buy the new Kanye West CD -- and at 8 a.m. Friday, Sept. 21.

Police are asking businesses to look at their surveillance video during this time period to see if they recognize Bravo's 2004 Chevrolet Blazer.

Anyone who may have seen a suspicious vehicle on the evening of Sept. 20 "likened to a blue Chevy Blazer" is also asked to report that to police, a release from GPD said.

Citizens are encouraged to check the Gainesville Police Facebook page at www.facebook.com/gainesvillepolice for information on how to help.

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