An Upland woman was found dead in the remote desert area of northeast San Bernardino County not too distant from the Nevada California border on November 26 after a bizarre set of events that and the previous day.
Circumstances suggest the woman, 31-year-old Sonia Flores, was beaten to death by her husband, 37-year-old Jesus Jaimes-Rosas, the day before she was found.
Authorities have been guided in their thus-far determination of what apparently occurred by an account provided by the couple’s 12-year-old daughter who witnessed her father’s fatal assault and abandonment of her mother.
On Friday, November 25, 2022, at about 11:45 p.m., deputies from the Barstow Sheriff’s Station responded to the Shell Gas Station on Cima Road following a report that a 12-year-old female child walked into the station’s retail store and requested help. A California Highway Patrol Officer was the first authority to arrive at the location. Later, when sheriff’s deputies arrived, the child related that her father had beaten her mother and left her on the side of the road.
The child’s father was later identified as Jesus Jaimes-Rosas, who had dropped the child off at the gas station and left.
Less than two hours later, on Saturday, November 26, 2022 at about 1:23 a.m., deputies located Jaimes-Rosas’ abandoned vehicle on a dirt road. A Sheriff’s K9 Unit was dispatched to the scene and located Jaimes-Rosas with self-inflicted injuries. He was transported to a hospital and later released.
At 11:43 a.m. on November 26, Sonia Flores, the girl’s deceased mother, was located by authorities near Powerline and Kingston roads in Mountain Pass. The Sheriff’s Specialized Investigations Division – Homicide Detail responded and assumed the investigation.
Jaimes-Rosas was arrested for murder and booked at the High Desert Detention Center where he is being held without bail.