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Arrest made in connection with woman's body found in Chula Vista field

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Posted at 8:08 PM, Oct 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-21 23:09:28-04

CHULA VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) — Chula Vista Police have made an arrest in connection with the body of a woman found in a field in August.

Police said 28-year-old Vanesa Gastellu was arrested for the murder of Christina Garcia on Aug. 5. Garcia's body was discovered in a field near the 3100 block of Main Street by a passerby. She had an apparent gunshot wound, according to CVPD.

Gastellu was arrested with the help of the U.S. Marshals, but no further information about the arrest was released.


Garcia leaves behind a two-year-old daughter, her mother, Lisa Garcia, told ABC 10News in August.

“I think the saddest thing for me is that her daughter is only going to know her through pictures because she’s so young,” Lisa said. “She’s never going to remember her mom’s touch, her kiss, her voice.”

CVPD is still looking for any witnesses in the case. Anyone with information is asked to call San Diego County Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.