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Coroner says Colusa homicide victim died of blunt force trauma

Karen Garcia, the young woman whose body was found in her vehicle in a Woodland parking lot Sunday, died of blunt force trauma to the head, according to the Yolo County Coroner’s Office.

The cause of death was released Wednesday following an autopsy.

The search for the suspect in the homicide, 22-year-old Salvador Garcia Jr., Karen Garcia’s ex-boyfriend, continues said Colusa police Chief Joshua Fitch.

Karen Garcia, 21, went missing Jan. 8, the day after her sister Jessica was killed along with five other people in a collision involving a wrong-way driver on Interstate 5 in Woodland. Karen was found dead in her car outside a Marshalls store about 3:45 p.m. Sunday.

Salvador and Karen had been living with their daughter Avianna, 2, in an apartment in the 400 block of Oak Street in Colusa before their breakup. A search of the apartment turned up blood evidence, as did a search of Salvador’s car. Fitch said Wednesday that DNA test results on the blood are expected next week.

Salvador Garcia was charged with misdemeanor domestic violence battery on Dec. 29, according to Colusa County Superior Court records, about the same time he and Karen Garcia ended their relationship. The two had reportedly gotten into a fight on Dec. 6, when Karen claimed Salvador slapped her and threw a plastic water bottle at her, Fitch said.

Anyone with information regarding Salvador Garcia’s whereabouts is asked to call the Colusa Police Department at 530-458-7777.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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