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Police arrest apparent estranged husband of woman found in burning car at UC San Diego

November 6, 2010 |  7:52 am

The apparent estranged husband of a 38-year-old woman whose body was found in a burning car in at UC San Diego parking lot has been arrested on suspicion of murder, San Diego police announced Saturday.

Julio Angel Garcia-Puente was found in Tijuana by Mexican authorities Friday night and persuaded to return to the U.S. He was met at the San Ysidro border crossing and arrested, according to police Lt. Kevin Rooney.

The woman found in the burning car on Oct. 29 is thought to be Garcia-Puente's wife, Rooney said. Her name is being withheld until a final DNA match is made. An autopsy determined the woman had been killed, Rooney said.

Neither the woman nor her estranged husband were UC San Diego students.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego

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