Five arrested in murder investigation after body found in North County

Posted at 2:21 PM, Nov 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-09 17:26:02-05

TEMECULA, Calif (KGTV) -- Police have arrested five people after a woman’s body was found at the border of San Diego and Riverside Counties on October 12.

According to the National City Police Department, Pablo Victor Valadez, 35, Crystal Lopez Melendez, 33, Amber Star Suarez, 37, Jonnie Alexander Isaguirre, 22 and Maria Yvette Perreira, 26 were arrested for murder of Alexandria Nicole Smith, 30, Wednesday.

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Detectives found Smith’s body on October 12. Smith’s mother, who reported her missing, last saw her daughter on October 2.

Detectives say Smith died of asphyxiation and was found fully clothed with a blanket over her body.

Police are still investigating the murder.