Suspect in Woman's Slaying Surrenders

A Huntington Beach man surrendered to police Wednesday in connection with the death of a woman whose body was found in a large trash bin last month.

James Joseph Giglio, 51, went to the Torrance police station shortly before noon after hearing from relatives that homicide detectives were looking for him in the slaying of Mary Theresa Chilelli, 38.

Chilelli, whom police identified as a transient, was last seen Sept. 10 at Harbor Boulevard and Chapman Avenue in Garden Grove, said Torrance Police Lt. Wally M. Murker. The next day, her nude body was discovered in a trash bin at the Madison Park Shopping Center on Pacific Coast Highway in Torrance, police said. She had been strangled.

Police identified her through fingerprints. The 5-foot, 90-pound woman had several aliases and a criminal record, and recently had been living in Orange County but did not have a fixed address, police said.

Giglio was being held on suspicion of murder, police said.

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