Two years after 15-year-old Michael Ramirez walked out from home in San Francisco and vanished, teacher, 61, is charged with hiding him
Michael Ramirez ran away from home in Cordova on May 18, 2020, after an argument with his aunt and uncle about their strict rules
His family reported him missing on June 9, police launched fruitless effort to find him, issuing missing persons posters I
On March 11, 2022, Michael returned home to his aunt and uncle, asking to move back in, that’s when he admitted he’d been living 20 miles away in the home of Holga Castillo Olivares
Kindergarten teacher Holga Castillo Olivares, 61, is the mother of his former girlfriend
She had been hiding him in her home and lied to police when questioned, according to new charges
Olivares was arrested and charged with “Detention of a Minor with the Intent to Conceal from a Parent(s) and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor”
‘You can’t just hide someone’s kid and think that’s OK,’ said Michael’s aunt and legal guardian, Katte Smith
A kindergarten teacher in Sacramento, California has been charged with hiding a teenage boy whose family spent two years looking for him after reporting him missing.
Michael Ramirez, 15, ran away from his family home in San Cordova, on May 18, 2020 after an argument with his aunt and uncle about their strict rules.
However, the family did not reported him missing until June 9, 2020. Authorities launched an effort to find him, issuing these missing persons posters.
While the search for the teen proved unsuccessful, the grief stricken family have just discovered that he ran to the home of Holga Castillo Olivares, a 61-year-old teacher who was also the mother of Michael’s teenage girlfriend, the entire time the search was on.
For two years, Ramirez lived with Olivares and her family at their home, just 20 miles away from his own.
His aunt claims that Olivares lied to cops when she was questioned over the boy’s whereabouts.
Suddenly in May this year, Michael returned home to his aunt and uncle, asking to move back in.
They were stunned but relieved to welcome him home, but became irate once he told them where he’d been living.
After Ramirez “inexplicably returned” home, the Sacramento police investigations in the ensuing months, Olivares was finally charged with “Detention of a Minor with the Intent to Conceal from a Parent(s) and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor.”
She made her first court appearance in Sacramento on Monday afternoon, charged with a felony and a misdemeanor.
Ramirez was living with his aunt and uncle and their five other kids at their home in 15-year-old Rancho Cordova before he ran away after an argument over their strict rules.
After turning 17, Ramirez returned home March 11, 2022, two years later.
Michael’s aunt and legal guardian Katte Smith said the family ‘thought the worst’ after he ran away. Now, they want the teacher to be held accountable.. Olivares has been charged with concealing a minor.
Olivares who works at at Alice Birney Waldorf-Inspired K-8 School, remains employed by the Sacramento City Unified School District district despite the charges.
Reacting toe inquiries, the School District said: “the charges filed are for acts unrelated to the employee’s assigned duties.” However, Olivares is on administrative leave while the school district investigates.
‘There are no words that can really explain how you feel when you have a missing child’ his aunt, Katte Smith, told local outlet KCRA.
‘You think the worst. You think the absolute worst.
‘We felt so robbed of all this time with him.
‘You can’t just hide someone’s kid and think that’s OK,’ Smith added.