The search for a missing woman in Riverside ended this week when police found her body at the foot of a nearby mountain, and authorities on Friday accused the woman’s son of killing her.
Mica Maddock, 51, was reported missing about 4 a.m. Wednesday, when her husband returned from work and she was not at their home in the Sycamore Canyon area of Riverside, the Riverside Police Department said in a statement.
Maddock did not answer or return her husband’s phone calls and did not arrive at work later that morning.
Police tracked her car to Corona, about 20 miles away, at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and saw that she was not inside, Officer Ryan Railsback said. Sitting behind the wheel was Aaron Allen Aubrey, a 24-year-old transient from Riverside, authorities said.
Aubrey is Maddock’s son, police said.
Officers brought bloodhounds to the base of Box Springs Mountain, an area Aubrey is known to frequent, and searched for Maddock. The team of police and rescue dogs found her body about 11 a.m. Thursday. The cause of her death remained under investigation by the Riverside County Coroner’s Office.
Police initially booked Aubrey on suspicion of auto theft and identity theft as well as a parole violation. Late Thursday, he also was booked on suspicion of murder.
Police have not identified a motive for the woman’s death.
Aubrey was scheduled to appear Friday morning at the Riverside Hall of Justice, according to jail records. It’s unclear whether he was represented by an attorney.
Police arrested him on May 14 on suspicion of resisting or obstructing officers, and prosecutors in Riverside last week charged him with a misdemeanor count of willfully resisting police. His arraignment in that case is scheduled for July 24.
June 22, 9:30 a.m.: This article was updated with the identity of the missing woman and confirmation that Aaron Aubrey is accused of killing her.
This article was originally published at 11:45 p.m. June 21.