September 24 2021 03:30 pm

Body Found Inside Car in Woodland Parking Lot Identified as Missing Woman, Boyfriend Wanted for Homicide

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 WOODLAND — Police found the body of a missing Williams woman Sunday inside her car in a Woodland parking lot.

Just after 3 p.m. Woodland police received a call about a body inside of a blue Honda sedan. The car was located in the middle of the Marshalls and CVS Pharmacy parking lot at 45 West Main St.

The license plate matched the vehicle belonging to missing Williams 21-year-old Karen Garcia and police later confirmed she had been found dead.

According to the Williams Police Department, the 21-year-old was reported missing Jan. 9. Family says the night of Jan. 7, the same day Garcia’s 19-year-old sister Jessica and four of her friends died in a crash in Woodland, Garcia left their home in Williams to go shopping.

The family received a text from Garcia the next day, when she was last seen at her Colusa apartment, according to police. She told her family she was in Roseville and would be heading to Vacaville.

The Williams Police Department originally stated they did not suspect foul play was involved in Garcia’s disappearance.

Police in Colusa say Garcia’s boyfriend, Salvador Garcia Jr., is wanted for homicide based on evidence found inside her apartment.

It was last week that Colusa police searched Karen Garcia’s apartment on Oak Street. Chief Joshua Fitch says they not only found blood evidence inside of the apartment but they also found blood evidence inside Salvador Garcia’s car.

Fitch believes that Karen Garcia was killed inside of the apartment by her ex-boyfriend. The two had recently separated but still maintained the apartment as a residence.

Fitch told FOX40 that Karen Garcia and Salvador Garcia’s young daughter is safe with family.

They do not have any leads at the moment as to where Salvador Garcia could possibly be.

“We saw there was no activity on her bank account, her phone was shut off and she had no contact with any family or friends,” Fitch said in regards to how the investigation went from a missing person case to a homicide case. “It kind of became apparent that it wasn’t the case”

Fitch reports officers were at the apartment in December responding to a domestic issue. He could not provide additional details.

An autopsy will be performed Tuesday.

A candlelight vigil was held Sunday night in Williams for the victims of the head-on crash.

Stay with FOX40 News and for more updates on this developing investigation.

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