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Reward offered in search for Colusa man suspected of ex-girlfriend’s slaying

Salvador Garcia Jr,
Salvador Garcia Jr, Colusa Police Department

The Colusa Police Department and United States Marshal’s Office are offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Salvador Garcia Jr. in the death of his ex-girlfriend.

Salvador Garcia is suspected of killing 21-year-old Karen Garcia. The woman’s body was found Jan. 14 in her vehicle in a Woodland parking lot. The Yolo County Coroner’s Office determined that she died of blunt-force trauma to the head.

Karen Garcia 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.

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, according to Joshua Fitch, Colusa police chief.

Anyone with information regarding Salvador Garcia Jr. is asked to call the Colusa Police Department at 530-458-7777. Tips can remain confidential, according to police.

A month of tragedy continued to build for one Colusa family Sunday afternoon when 21-year-old Karen Garcia’s body was found in her car and police declared her ex-boyfriend, Salvador Garcia Jr., the lone suspect in her killing.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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