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Arrest made in death of woman found in car

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Posted at 4:07 PM, Jun 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-28 18:53:37-04

ESCONDIDO, Calif. - A San Marcos man was arrested on suspicion of murdering his girlfriend, who was found dead two weeks ago in a car alongside an Escondido freeway entrance, police announced Tuesday.

Edward Andrew Long, 38, was arrested during a traffic stop in Las Vegas in connection with the shooting death of Fontana resident Elizabeth Perez, according to Escondido police.

A passerby found the bloodied body of Perez, also 38, in the driver's seat of a black Mercury Sable with smashed-out driver's- and passenger-side windows next to an onramp to northbound Interstate 15 from El Norte Parkway early on the afternoon of June 13, Escondido police Lt. Ed Varso said.

An autopsy determined that Perez died of a gunshot wound to the head.

Detectives soon identified Long as a suspect in the case and entered identifying information about him into shared law enforcement databases.

The suspect was taken into custody last Tuesday while driving a borrowed car in Las Vegas. On Monday, he agreed not to contest extradition to San Diego County, Varso said.

Officials released no suspected motive for the shooting.