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Police Identify Cook as Slaying Suspect

Police have identified a Tustin restaurant cook as a suspect in the beating of a woman whose body was dumped near the city’s water tower three weeks ago.

The 30-year-old man, known as Carlos Garcia Berdeja or Carlos B. Garcia, may have fled to Mexico, police Detective Terry Selinske said.

On July 17, the body of 33-year-old Jeanne Ruth Molina of Anaheim was found near the city’s water pumping station on 23rd Street. Witnesses told police they saw a man dump a body from a cream-colored, four-door sedan about 6:30 a.m., then drive away.

Molina died as a result of blunt force trauma, according to police. Garcia was a co-worker of Molina, a mother of three, at a Red Robin restaurant in Tustin.

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Garcia is described as 5 feet 7 and 180 pounds. He has a mustache, which he may have shaved off, Selinske said.


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