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Remains of missing pregnant teen found in Riverside County landfill

August 5, 2010 | 12:10 pm

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


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