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Boyfriend held in Long Beach woman's slaying

May 2, 2012 |  7:27 pm

A 49-year-old Long Beach man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of killing his girlfriend, police said.

Detectives found the 51-year-old woman’s body about 6 p.m. Tuesday inside the home the couple shared in the 100 block of Ellis Street after an anonymous caller asked police to check on her.

The woman had sustained “obvious trauma” to her upper body, and investigators suspect her death was the result of a domestic dispute, according to a statement released by the Long Beach Police Department.

The names of the victim and suspect were withheld pending notification of next of kin.

The Los Angeles County coroner’s office will conduct an autopsy to determine the time and cause of the woman's death.

Police said she was last seen Monday. Her boyfriend was found at a residence in Compton, the statement said. He was booked on suspicion of murder and is being held at the Long Beach City Jail without bail.

Police are asking anyone with information about the death to contact homicide Dets. Mark McGuire and Greg Krabbe at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous tips may be submitted via text or web by visiting www.tipsoft.com.

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