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Ranch hand suspected in East County slaying arrested

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A ranch hand suspected of murdering a female acquaintance at his Jamul workplace was found Monday by detectives at Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa where he had been admitted for undisclosed reasons.

Homicide investigators and members of a fugitive task force had been looking for Miguel Medina Sanchez, 32, since Saturday, when the body of 44-year-old Maria "Irma" Palos De Rubio was discovered in his living quarters at a ranch in the 15600 block of Lyons Valley Road, sheriff's Sgt. Dave Martinez said.

The interior of the residence showed signs of a violent struggle, homicide Lt. Dennis Brugos said.

The cause of the woman's death has not been released, and officials have not disclosed a motive for the slaying.

Martinez said he could not disclose the reason why Sanchez, who sometimes goes by the name Macario Lopez Merino, was admitted to Grossmont Hospital on Friday, or when he might be released.

"Due to privacy laws, the circumstances of (his) hospitalization cannot be discussed," Martinez said.

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