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Police search San Bernardino County landfill for pregnant girl's body

May 25, 2010 |  9:26 am

Police were combing a Rialto landfill Tuesday morning in search of the body of a 17-year-old pregnant girl who investigators say was killed and dumped in the trash by her boyfriend.

Anyssia Escamilla, 17, of Bloomington was reported missing May 11 after she didn't come home from classes at Bloomington High School, said Fontana Police Sgt. Billy Green.

Jesus Avitia Jr., 18, her boyfriend and classmate, was arrested Friday and charged with her death. Green said Avitia admitted to investigators that he had killed Anyssia and put her in a trash bin near his home. 

Anyssia was about three months pregnant with Avitia's child, according to police. She also had a 3-year-old son from a previous relationship.

Even with 50 people assigned to the case -- including a mix of 30 sworn officers and volunteers sifting through the Mid-Valley Landfill -- it could take up to three days to find her body, Green said.

If no remains are found at that location, the search will continue at a second landfill in Corona, where Anyssia's body may have been transported. If they find her body, the coroner will perform an autopsy.

"We need closure for the family, as well as the cause of death," Green said. 

-- Tony Barboza

Photos: Jesus Avitia was arrested Friday and charged in connection to the death of his pregnant girlfriend, Anyssia Escamilla. Credit: Fontana Police Department and KTLA