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Death of woman found in burning SUV ruled a homicide

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By News 8's Craig McKee

Autopsy results released today show that the death of a woman whose charred body was found in a burning SUV on UC San Diego campus on Friday night was a homicide.

Police want to speak to the estranged husband of the woman who the SUV is registered to. 50-year-old Julio Angel Garcia-Puente is not listed as a murder suspect, however, his wife has been missing since this vehicle fire last week.

Upon further inspection of the burnt out vehicle a woman's body was found. San Diego Police Homicide Detectives say they are investigating it as a murder.

They confirm information received by News 8 that Garcia-Puente had a falling out with his wife and she left him a week prior to the vehicle fire.

They also tell us that the registered owner of the car has been missing since last Friday.

Now it's a matter of confirming the victims's identification. Investigators are using family members' DNA to make a positive match.

Garcia-Puente is described as being 5'8" and a 170lbs. He has no known address but is known to frequent Carlsbad and San Marcos.

Anyone with information about Garcia-Puente whereabouts should call Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.




SAN DIEGO, Calif. (CBS 8) - The name of the woman whose body was found in a burning car at UCSD has not been released.

An autopsy is expected to be conducted Monday.

San Diego police say the vehicle was reported on fire at around 9:20 p.m. Friday night in the parking lot off Voigt Dr., east of the I-5 near the baseball field.

Firefighters arrived and put the blaze out, but upon further inspection they discovered the woman's body inside.

University police say the fire scorched the vehicle so much they couldn't tell right away if it was registered under a student's name.

A police helicopter, using infrared cameras, searched the area surrounding the parking lot for potential suspects hiding in the nearby tree lines and shrubbery.  Meanwhile, University Police searched walking paths that led to and from the area.

If you have any information, you're asked to call Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.

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