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Rafael Ari Aikens arrested in double murder

April 1, 2017

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif – Since Friday, March 24, investigators from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Homicide Detail have worked to identify the person responsible for the senseless murders of Christy McKissic and Renee Metcalf inside of their residence in Twentynine Palms.

During the last week, investigators identified Rafael Ari Aikens (age 22 of Twentynine Palms) as a person of interest in the murders. On Thursday, March 30, at approximately 6:50 p.m., homicide investigators, assisted by investigators from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), contacted Aikens at his assigned housing on base at 29 Palms.

At the conclusion of the contact with Aikens and the service of several search warrants, Aikens was booked into the Morongo Basin jail for the murders of McKissic and Metcalf.

The investigation will be forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office. The investigation is ongoing and no additional information will be released at this time.

See previous article regarding this event: Your help is needed with double murder investigation

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