New Homeowner Finds Dead Body in Southern California House

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SIMI VALLEY (AP) — A 75-year-old Southern California woman has been arrested for investigation of murder after her 83-year-old boyfriend was found dead in their home.

The body of Salvatore Orefice was discovered Sunday by a man who had bought the house in Simi Valley from the couple in June, and stopped by to check their progress with moving out.

When no one answered, authorities say, he entered the property and found the body covered with a blanket on a bed.

Simi Valley police Cmdr. Roy Jones says the girlfriend, Mary Karacas, admitted to shooting Orefice after an argument, and said the gun she used was in her car.

Karacas was subsequently booked into jail in Ventura. It is unclear whether she has an attorney.

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