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Remains of missing pregnant teen found in Riverside County landfill

Jesus Francisco Avitia Jr., 18, Anyssia Katherine Escamilla, 17Authorities have found the remains of a missing pregnant teenager at a landfill in Corona, authorities said Thursday.

Investigators began looking for the remains of 17-year-old Anyssia Katherine Escamilla in May after her boyfriend admitted that he killed her and dumped her body in the trash.

The remains were found Wednesday afternoon, said Sgt. Billy Green, a spokesman for the Fontana Police Department.

Crews spent 70 days searching landfills in Rialto and Corona for Escamilla's remains. Police received confirmation Thursday morning from the coroner's office that the remains were those of Escamilla.

An autopsy was scheduled for Thursday afternoon to try to determine the exact cause of death, Green said.

Prosecutors say 18-year-old Jesus Avitia Jr. told police he killed Anyssia and dumped her body. She was reported missing May 11 when she failed to return home from school.

Avitia has pleaded not guilty to two counts of murder and is being held on $2-million bail.

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

-- Alexandra Zavis

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Top photos: Jesus Francisco Avitia Jr., 18, and Anyssia Katherine Escamilla, 17. Credit: Fontana Police Department via KTLA

Bottom photo: Crews search a landfill with the aid of a dog. Credit: Fontana Police Department

 
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17 and having her 2nd child .
There is a tragedy in and of itself .
Rest in Peace Anyssia

"Jesus Avitia Jr. told police he killed Anyssia and dumped her body" and "Avitia has pleaded not guilty to two counts of murder". Am I missing something here?

I don't understand how someone can confess to murder and include the deceased's location and THEN plead "not guilty."

Pregnancy is not the tragedy. After all, pregnancy can be prevented. The tragedy lies in an emotionally immature thirteen year old engaging in a sexual relationship instead of living out her childhood. In seeking acceptance and affection, these young girls encounter abusive young men/boys who are equally emotionally immature.

It's all about teaching young girls and young women self love, self respect, dignity, and to know the difference between a loving relationship and an abusive one.

Well said Rina...

----- GREAT WORK ON THE PART OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT. I KNOW IT WAS DIFFICULT DOING THAT SEARCH FOR 70 DAYS, BUT I COMMEND THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO PLOWED THROUGH THE LANDFILL AND FOUND THE GIRL'S REMAINS. THANK YOU FONTANA POLICE DEPARTMENT!

Well said, Rina. I would add that men and boys have some important lessons to learn, as well.

(almost) 2 kids by 17 (one at 14 !) ?

who raises these kids anyway ?

She had a three year old so that child was conceived when she was maybe 13? Is this the US or Mexico?

And why is there any bail at all for a double murder suspect after he confessed to police and told them he threw her body in the trash?

My heart goes out to victims family and my she RIP...

What a terrible tragedy to have happened. My condolences goes out to the family of this young girl and most of all to her son who now has to grow up without a mother because of what was suppose to be love and parenthood that went wrong. Shame on this young man and may the lord have mercy on his soul.

I Miss You
You Were A Good Friend
[R.I.P Anyssia]

anyssia was my cousin finding out her death hurts and it still hurts from this day and for someone to take her life away knowing she has another kid to take care.but all i got to say i love her alot i thought as my big sister she my role modle n the person i amire and wanted to grow as. im just 17 years old n it hurts to know we wont get to grow up with eachother anymore i love you and missing you may you rest in peace.


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