Body found in trunk, autopsy results expected this week

SAN DIEGO - We could soon learn the identity of the man whose decomposed body was found in the trunk of an older Toyota Camry last week.

The car belongs to a man connected to the Christmas Eve double murder at Mission Valley Center.

On Dec. 24, two people - Salvatore Belvedere and Ilona Flint, both 22, were found shot inside a car parked at the San Diego shopping mall. Flint died at the scene and Belvedere died several days later.

After the shooting, Salvatore Belvedere's brother, 24-year-old Gianni Belvedere, was missing (he was Flint's fiance).

Several weeks later, on Friday, Jan. 17, police found Gianni Belvedere's car in Riverside after getting a call about a foul odor coming from the car's trunk area.

The body of a young man was found in that trunk, but the remains have not yet been positively identified. The coroner's office, which reported the man's age as 24, listed the cause of death as homicide. Riverside County Sheriff's Deputy Mike Vasquez says that although the body was listed on the coroner's website as a victim of homicide, suicide has not been ruled out.

10News talked to Rick Carlson, a retired San Diego Police Department homicide detective, about the case. He said while it certainly could have been a suicide, the initial listing as a homicide does raise his eyebrows a bit. He said it could be that the police department knows something they are not revealing to the press. But he added that it's all speculation at this point.

It's been nearly a month since Belvedere disappeared. Autopsy results, and the identification of the body found in the trunk, are expected to be released Wednesday. The young man's family tells 10News they are in San Diego waiting for word.

Meanwhile, the case has captured national attention. Was there a love triangle between the three that turned violent? Or were all three of them victims of some other type of crime? ABC's Good Morning America explored the twists in the case as the investigation into the murder mystery continues to unfold.

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