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Daughter arrested in death of 79-year-old Serra Mesa woman

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A Serra Mesa woman was behind bars Friday for allegedly killing her 79-year-old mother and ditching her body in a remote field near Ramona.

Ghazal "Gazelle" Ybarra Mansury, 42, was booked Thursday night on suspicion of first-degree murder in connection with the death of Afghanistan native Mehria Mansury, who shared her Amulet Street home with the suspect.

"Early on, information from family indicated that they suspected foul play," San Diego police Lt. Jorge Duran told reporters this morning during a briefing at downtown SDPD headquarters.

When the victim went missing last week, relatives immediately asked detectives to look into the possible involvement of her daughter, who has a criminal history related to thefts, Duran said.

"We considered her a person of interest from the onset," he said.

Police disclosed no suspected motive for the alleged murder, and the cause of the victim's death remained under investigation, the lieutenant said.

On Wednesday afternoon, a sheriff's search-and-rescue team found Mehria Mansury's body lying face-down underneath a tree in an open area on the grounds of Barona Indian Reservation, bearing signs of "animal activity," the lieutenant said. Hours later, police took her daughter into custody for questioning.

She was later released, then arrested Thursday afternoon as she and her boyfriend, Lucio Moreno, 57, left a friend's house in City Heights.

She was being held without bail at Las Colinas women's jail in Santee pending arraignment, scheduled for Monday afternoon.

Moreno was interrogated and released, though he remains a "person of interest" in the case, the lieutenant told news crews.

"There may be further suspects that may be arrested at some point," he said without elaboration.

A woman identified as a visitor to the Mansurys' home was taken into custody there Thursday on an unrelated arrest warrant, according to Duran.

The condition of Mehria Mansury's body made it impossible to identify her on sight, necessitating fingerprint comparisons, Duran said.

The victim's family members reported the victim missing Sept. 25, saying they had not been able to contact her for several days.

A woman who lives across the street from the Mansurys' home told U-T San Diego that she often overheard arguments between the mother and daughter.

Neighbor Denise Lattizzori, 79, said she last saw Mehria Mansury a day or two before she disappeared.

"She was mad, walking by her flowers, and she said, `I am not going to pay for that,"' Lattizzori said, adding that the victim appeared to have been speaking to someone who was out of view.

In the past, the suspect has been charged with residential and commercial burglary, as well as petty theft, the newspaper reported.

She pleaded guilty in October 2010 to burglarizing a Jack-In-The-Box restaurant and was placed on three years' probation.

The suspect's boyfriend also has a criminal past involving possession of controlled substances and a loaded handgun.

Lattizzori said Mehria Mansury had lived in Afghanistan before the Russian invasion in 1979 and told stories about how she and her husband once had a large home with servants.

"It's just so sad," the neighbor said.

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