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Man arrested in death of Torrance woman whose body was found near Running Springs

October 9, 2009 |  2:00 pm

A man has been arrested on suspicion of killing a 28-year-old Torrance woman last winter and dumping her body in the snow near Running Springs, San Bernardino County sheriff’s officials said today.

Tony Lopez Perez, 35, was arrested Thursday night in the death of Cori Daye Desmond after he went to sheriff's headquarters for questioning, said Cindy Beavers, a spokeswoman for the Sheriff's Department.

The Redondo Beach man was arrested on suspicion of murder and is being held without bail. He will be arraigned next week.

Desmond’s body was found in February after a driver pulled into a turnout on California 330 below Running Springs and saw a human foot sticking out of a bag. Police identified the body as Desmond, who was last seen days earlier at a Redondo Beach nightclub. Officials are still investigating the connection between Desmond and Perez.

-- Seema Mehta

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