Santa Cruz, California – In a shocking development, a preschool teacher working at Stanford University’s Children’s Center was arrested last week for murder, along with her friend. Diana Ornelas, a 22-year-old resident of Santa Cruz, and her associate, Dennis Novoa, aged 27, are accused of the shooting death of 24-year-old Oliver Waterfall in Santa Cruz County on April 11.
Authorities revealed that the motive behind the killing appears to be “of a personal nature,” as Ornelas and Novoa were allegedly acquainted with the victim. Waterfall’s lifeless body was discovered on a hillside off Highway 9.
The arrest of Diana Ornelas took place at an unexpected time, during nap time, while she was working at the Children’s Center of the Stanford Community. Fortunately, the incident occurred outside the perimeter of the child care center, ensuring that the children were not present and operations were not disrupted, according to a Stanford University spokesperson.
The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office disclosed that the arrests of Ornelas and Novoa were the culmination of an intensive investigation that spanned several weeks. Detectives conducted numerous interviews and carefully analyzed surveillance footage related to the case, leading to the apprehension of the suspects.
Although Ornelas is no longer employed at the preschool, the shocking revelation has left the community and Stanford University in disbelief. Both suspects are currently in jail without the possibility of bail.
The investigation into this disturbing crime continues, as authorities seek to gather more evidence and ascertain the full circumstances surrounding Oliver Waterfall’s tragic demise.