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Man arrested after woman's body found in Mission Valley motel

San Diego police
Posted at 5:47 PM, Apr 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-21 20:47:51-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — A San Diego man was arrested in Ocean Beach on Wednesday after a woman's body was discovered in a Mission Valley motel room this week.

San Diego Police said 40-year-old Santiago Contreras was arrested and booked into jail for the murder of 43-year-old Tonya Molina, of Tucson, Ariz.

Just after 1 p.m. on Monday, Molina was found unresponsive in a motel room at 400 Hotel Circle South. San Diego Fire-Rescue personnel arrived and pronounced her dead at the scene.

During the investigation, police learned that Molina has checked into the motel with a man the night before. The next day, a housekeeper found her and the man was gone.

Though an arrest has been made, SDPD is still asking anyone with information to call the SDPD Homicide Unit at 619-531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.