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Suspect arrested at San Ysidro Port of Entry in connection with wife's murder

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A 44-year-old man was arrested at the San Ysidro Point of Entry in connection with the strangulation death of his wife, whose body was found inside a parked vehicle, authorities said Sunday.

German Armando Luna Salazar was arrested by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents about 10:45 a.m. Saturday and detained until Homicide detectives took custody and booked him into the San Diego Jail for an outstanding homicide warrant, said San Diego police Lt. Steve Shebloski.

The body of 32-year-old Leyva Elizabeth Oregel Garcia of Guadalupe was found at about 12:25 a.m. July 4 inside a vehicle parked in a lot in the 4400 block of Camino De La Plaza in San Ysidro, Shebloski said.

The family told Telemundo 20 that she was on her way to work before she was reported missing.

The San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office determined her death was homicide by strangulation and that she suffered blunt force trauma to her upper body.

Salazar was seen walking away from the area where his wife's body was found, the lieutenant said.

The victim was reported missing from Guadalupe, California, on July 2. "Detectives have learned this case appears to be a tragic case of domestic violence," Shebloski said. Salazar was the victim's husband and identified as the suspect in the homicide.

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