Ranch employee sought in East County slaying

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Authorities asked the public Monday for help in tracking down a 32-year-old Mexican national suspected of murdering a female acquaintance over the weekend at the East County ranch where he was employed.

Miguel Medina Sanchez, who sometimes goes by the name Macario Lopez Merino, is being sought in connection with the slaying of 44-year-old Maria “Irma” Palos De Rubio, whose body was found in Sanchez's living quarters at his workplace in the 15600 block of Lyons Valley Road in Jamul on Saturday morning, sheriff's homicide Lt. Dennis Brugos said.

The interior of the residence showed signs of a violent struggle, according to Brugos. The cause of the victim's death has not been released, and investigators have disclosed no suspected motive for the slaying.

The last known sighting of Sanchez was on Friday in Jamul. The ranch hand, a frequent crosser of the U.S.-Mexico border, is a 4-foot-11-inch, roughly 90-pound Latino with black hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call San Diego County Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477. Tipsters may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

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