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Missing Fontana woman presumed dead, husband arrested

March 15, 2013 |  7:24 am

A Fontana man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering his estranged wife, whose body was believed found in Chino.

The body was found Thursday afternoon in a field in the 17300 block of Cucamonga Road. The remains have not been positively identified, but authorities say they have reason to believe it is that of 40-year-old Lorna Lopez, KTLA-TV reported.

Lorna Lopez and her estranged husband, Victor Lopez, were both reported missing on Wednesday. Their three children told authorities that they had not seen their parents since 7 a.m. Tuesday at their Fontana home as they got ready for school.

Victor Lopez was photographed three hours later at an ATM. There was no sign of his wife. Lorna Lopez had apparently told her husband this past week that she planned to seek a divorce.

Police arrested Victor Lopez’s nephew, 37-year-old Joseph Rodriguez of Huntington Park, on Thursday morning on suspicion of being an accessory to a felony. Detectives searched his home and seized evidence that led them to believe foul play might have been involved in Lorna Lopez’s disappearance.

Victor Lopez was arrested Thursday after he turned himself in. He had been at his parents’ home in Huntington Park. His parents told investigators that he had seen reports on TV and wanted to surrender to authorities.

Police say Victor Lopez led them to his wife’s body. The couple had been married 20 years, but had not been living together as a married couple for the last six years. Their three children range in age from 8 to 18 years old.

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-- Kellan Connor, KTLA-TV

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