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Marine Corporal Arrested Over Murder of Camp Pendleton Officer

Alvin Bulaoro, 24, was found dead inside a sleeping bag in the back seat of a parked car in Fallbrook on Jan. 3.

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    Alvin Bulaoro, 24, was found dead inside a sleeping bag in the back seat of a parked car in Fallbrook on Jan. 3.

    A U.S. Marine was arrested Friday night in California’s Camp Pendleton in connection with the murder of a man whose body was found zipped up inside a sleeping bag in the back seat of a parked car in Fallbrook last month.

    According to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, suspect Kevin Albert Richard Coset was taken into custody shortly after 5 p.m. for the murder of Alvin Bulaoro, 24.

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    San Diego County Sheriff's Deputies say a body was found zipped up in a sleeping bag inside of the 1997 Toyota Forerunner. NBC 7's Danya Bacchus reports. (Published Friday, Jan 4, 2013)

    Bulaoro was found dead inside a 1997 Toyota 4Runner on Jan. 3. Homicide investigators said his body showed signs of trauma and deemed his death suspicious in nature.

    Bulaoro had been reported missing by his family and was last seen on Dec. 21, 2012.
    Bulaoro’s family pleaded for investigators to find his killer.

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    [DGO] Mother Fears Body Found in Sleeping Bag is Her Son
    The family of a missing man is bracing for the worst after deputies discovered a body inside a car in the parking lot of a grocery store in Fallbrook Thursday night. Chris Chan spoke to the man's mother, who fears that body is her son's. (Published Friday, Jan 4, 2013)

    “I want justice for my son,” his mother, Josephine Bulaoro, told NBC 7 in an interview back in January.

    Bulaoro was enlisted in the Navy for four years. He worked as a human resources officer at Camp Pendleton, helping Marines with pay, benefits and housing issues.

    During that time, he got his bachelor's degree. After leaving the Navy, Bulaoro became a lieutenant in the Army.

    He returned from training in Texas in November and was set to participate in a ceremony for his commission on Jan. 12 in Los Angeles.

    "He told me, 'Mom you're going to be very proud of me,'" his mother previously told NBC 7.

    Bulaoro’s brother told NBC 7 the family had hired a private investigator to search for Bulaoro. The private investigator is the person who told the family that Bulaoro’s car had been spotted in the Albertson’s parking lot on Jan. 3.

    According to the sheriff’s department, Coset is a corporal in the Marine Corps.

    He was taken into custody Friday with the help of NCIS agents and charged with the murder of Bulaoro.

    Officials have not released any further details. The motive for the murder remains unknown.
     

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