Man Arrested in Burned-Body Case

Police say he is the victim's estranged husband

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    NBC San Diego

    A suspect has been arrested for the alleged murder of a 38-year-old Carlsbad woman whose body was found inside a burning vehicle in a UCSD parking lot, according to police.

    Several people called 911 at about 9:20 p.m. Oct. 29 to report a burning vehicle in the east commuter lot of UCSD on Voigt Drive. Firefighters put out the fire and found the body inside.

    An autopsy revealed the woman had been murdered.

    “The victim is a 38-year-old resident of Carlsbad whose positive identification is pending through DNA comparison.  Until the results are in, the victim's name will not be confirmed,” said Lt. Kevin Rooney.

    Police released a photo earlier this week of Julio Angel Garcia-Puente, the victim's estranged husband.

    At about 8 p.m. Friday, Mexican law enforcement found Garcia-Puente in the Otay neighborhood of Tijuana, said Lt. Rooney.

    Garcia-Puente voluntarily returned to San Diego where detectives met him at the San Ysidro Port of Entry. He was taken into custody for one count of murder.