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No new leads in search for ex-boyfriend in homicide

January 19, 2018 GMT

A man suspected of killing his ex-girlfriend, who died from blunt force trauma to the head, is still at large and wanted by police, law enforcement officials said Thursday. Police have no new leads in regards to his whereabouts, but are still searching for him.

Salvador Garcia Jr., 22, of Williams is the primary suspect in the death of his ex-girlfriend, and mother of his child, Karen Garcia, 21. Wednesday, the Yolo County Coroner’s Office determined Karen Garcia was killed by a blow to the head and that she’d been dead for more than a day when her body was found in her car on Sunday afternoon in Woodland. She had been missing since Jan. 8.

Colusa law enforcement has two cellphones belonging to Salvador Garcia Jr. and Karen Garcia, Colusa Police Chief Joshua Fitch said. Police issued a warrant to gain access to the messages on both phones, but had not received records from cellphone providers as of Thursday.

Salvador Garcia Jr. evaded police on Jan. 12 after Colusa law enforcement took possession of his car. Investigators previously found blood inside Salvador Garcia Jr.’s apartment, but law enforcement was unable to detain him because there was no evidence linking him to it, Fitch said. But after finding blood in Salvador Garcia Jr.’s car, police were prepared to take him into custody, but he was nowhere to be found.

Anyone with information on Salvador Garcia Jr. is asked to call police at 458-7777.

The state Department of Justice is running tests to confirm whether the blood inside Salvador Garcia Jr.’s apartment and car belong to Karen Garcia. Those results should be available next week, Fitch said.

Salvador Garcia Jr. was employed by Bar ALE feed company in Williams.