Brittany Dawn Killgore Case: Blood Found in Murder Suspect's Car

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Blood matching that of missing Marine wife Brittany Dawn Killgore has been found in the car of the chief suspect in her murder, according to new reports.

Killgore was found dead near a lake in Riverside County. Staff Sgt. Louis Ray Perez and Jessica Lynn Lopez were arrested and charged with murder.

Killgore was supposed to be going out for the evening with a Marine Corps sergeant and his girlfriend until the night of April 13 took a frightening turn.

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"She sent a text to a female friend of hers indicating that she was in distress," San Diego Deputy District Attorney Patrick Espinoza said Thursday in court.

"She was missing from that point on."

The first details about the investigation came out at Perez's arraignment in Vista, Calif., where the prosecutor revealed the aforementioned text message.

More significantly, officials also stated that police found Killgore's blood in Perez's car as well as a weapon. Authorities have not revealed a possible motive.

Perez's attorney told the judge that Lopez, who had been found with self-inflicted cuts in a motel room, left a suicide note admitting to Killgore's murder.

Both Lopez, 25, and Perez, 45, have pleaded not guilty to all charges. Killgore, the estranged wife of another U.S. Marine, was only 22 years old.

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