FALLBROOK, Calif. - A U.S. Marine corporal arrested in connection to the slaying of a Navy veteran whose body was found inside his parked SUV in Fallbrook was booked Saturday morning on suspicion of first-degree murder, authorities said.
Kevin Albert Richard Coset, 23, was taken into custody shortly after 5 p.m. Friday at Camp Pendleton after homicide detectives obtained a warrant for his arrest on suspicion of murder, said San Diego County sheriff's Capt. Duncan Fraser.
Coset is suspected of killing Alvin Bulaoro, whose body, showing signs of trauma, was found on the evening of Jan. 3 zipped inside a sleeping bag in the back seat of Bulaoro's Toyota 4Runner in a parking lot in the 1100 block of South Mission Road, Fraser said.
Members of Bulaoro's family found the SUV after previously reporting him missing. They had last seen him on Dec. 21, Fraser said.
Coset was booked at 12:53 a.m. and jailed without bail at the Vista Detention Facility, according to sheriff's online records.
In January, the victim's brother, John Bulaoro, told 10News, "It's really hard, especially [for] my mom right now."
Bulaoro spent four years in the Navy before moving over to the Army Reserves, where he was set to become a commanding officer of a medical unit this month. He also ran a managed care facility for four elderly people in his home.
John Bulaoro said his brother loved this country and wanted to serve in Afghanistan.
"He never had enemies … He is a good person. I'm 100 percent sure he's a good person," John Bulaoro said.
According to family members, Alvin Bulaoro said he was going to San Diego to visit friends on the Dec. 21. They said that was the last they'd heard from him and it was completely out of character.
John Bulaoro said he is angry that the SUV sat in the parking lot for at least several days without being checked out. The missing persons report included vehicle information.
"It's just right in there, all you [have to] do is walk up; it's in there it's in front of you. So, yeah, that makes me mad," he said.
No motive for the slaying was released. Coset is scheduled to be arraigned on Tuesday.