A San Marcos resident has been arrested and charged with first degree murder in connection with the death of his girlfriend, found with a single bullet through her head in her car, Escondido Police said.
Elizabeth Antoinette Perez was found dead in a car parked along the northbound Interstate 15 near El Norte Parkway on June 13 around 1:10 p.m., Escondido Police Department (EPD) officers said.
At a press conference Tuesday, Lt. Justin Murphy said Perez's boyfriend, Edward Long, 38, was arrested in Las Vegas and charged in connection with her death. He is awaiting extradition.
Perez's death began as a suspicious death investigation after she was found with an apparent head injury, Murphy said. Her death was later determined to be a homicide.
"It was a gunshot wound to the head," Murphy said. "At this point one single shot, yes."
Police are unclear if Perez was killed in her car, though the front driver and passenger windows were shattered, and what the circumstances of the death are.
Long initially became a person-of-interest after police served a search warrant at his house. he was later arrested when police performed a traffic stop in Las Vegas.
"At this point we’re not exactly sure where he (Long) was at the time all of this occurred," Murphy said.
He was arrested a little more than a week after from the start of the investigation. Long has a criminal record, police say. Murphy said police believe the killing was premeditated.
Murphy said at this point in the investigation, police will not be revealing any information they have on motives, possible statements made or evidence uncovered as the investigation is ongoing.
Monday, Long waived extradition and will be returned to San Diego to be arraigned.