Killgore’s body ID’d as two suspects face charges in her slaying

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A woman's body found in Riverside County is that of a 22-year-old North County military wife who disappeared last week, the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office determined Wednesday.

Brittany Killgore of Fallbrook was reported missing Saturday, a day after the last known sighting of the young woman, whose husband was deployed overseas. She vanished after meeting up with 45-year-old Louis Ray Perez, a Camp Pendleton-based Marine who was subsequently arrested on weapon-theft charges, according to investigators.

Killgore's remains were found Tuesday near Temecula, about a mile north of Lake Skinner.

Perez appeared in court in Vista this afternoon and pleaded not guilty to charges of possession of stolen property and possession of an assault weapon.

A second suspect in the case, Jessica Lynn Lopez, 25, was taken into custody late Tuesday morning at a Point Loma motel on suspicion of murder, according to Fraser, who declined to disclose her alleged role in the presumed slaying.

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Authorities sought Wednesday to determine if a woman's body found in Riverside County is that of a 22-year-old North County military wife presumed slain in the aftermath of her disappearance last week.

Brittany Killgore of Fallbrook was reported missing Saturday, a day after the last known sighting of the young woman, whose husband was deployed overseas. She vanished after meeting up with 45-year-old Louis Ray Perez, a Camp Pendleton-based Marine who was subsequently arrested on unrelated weapon- theft charges, according to investigators.

On Tuesday afternoon, the remains of an unidentified woman were discovered near Temecula, about a mile north of Lake Skinner, sheriff's Capt. Duncan Fraser said. The San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office was working to determine if the body was that of Killgore, the captain said.

Investigators had gone to the remote and rural spot where the dead woman was found based on leads stemming from the arrest of a second suspect in the case, according to Fraser.

Jessica Lynn Lopez, 25, was taken into custody late Tuesday morning at a Point Loma motel on suspicion of murder, according to Fraser, who declined to disclose her alleged role in the presumed slaying.

After being treated at a hospital for self-inflicted cuts she had suffered in an apparent suicide attempt, Lopez was booked into Las Colinas women's jail in Santee late Tuesday night.

The initial suspect in the case was jailed Sunday after detectives questioned him about Killgore's whereabouts. Though Perez was booked only on suspicion of possessing a stolen AR-15 military assault rifle, he was “being actively investigated for this disappearance,” Fraser said.

The serviceman was scheduled to be arraigned on the gun-theft charges this afternoon. His bail was set at $500,000.

Lopez, who was being held without bail, was slated to make her first court appearance in the case Thursday.

Killgore filed for divorce last week, according to court records. Marine Corps officials agreed to send her husband, Cory, home from a deployment to Afghanistan following his wife's disappearance. It was unclear when he was likely to arrive back in San Diego County.

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