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Man charged with killing girlfriend at Big Bear Lake

September 16, 2012 | 10:03 pm

San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies arrested a man on suspicion of killing his girlfriend at Big Bear Lake on Saturday, after officials found the woman and a dog in a vehicle submerged in the lake.

The sheriff's office said they arrested 56-year-old Ronald Michael Hitchcock after encountering him at a locked gate at Meadow Park, yelling to get out. Officials said Hitchcock--whose clothes were wet--told deputies that his car had gone into the lake.

Two deputies on the scene were part of the department's dive team and went into the water. They discovered the body of 53-year-old Deborah Crouch and a dog inside a submerged vehicle. Both were pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Sheriff's Department.

Hitchcock was being held in county jail without bail.

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--Julie Cart

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