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Body found in car trunk identified as that of missing man

October 3, 2011 |  1:08 pm

Map shows location of last week's finding in purple, as well as 17 other homicides (in red) since January 2007. Click here to learn more on the Times' interactive Homicide Report.
A body found in the trunk of a car in Covina has been identified as that of a man reported missing 10 days ago in Ontario.

Victor Eduardo Mardueno, 25, called his girlfriend Sept. 23 to say he was leaving a friend's house to go to her place but never showed up, said Covina police Lt. Pat Buchanan.

When he didn't arrive, she called police.

Four days later a body was found in the trunk of the Toyota Camry he had been driving when he disappeared. It was parked in the 1000 block of East Wanamaker Drive in Covina.

Neighbors had called police to report that the car had been sitting there for several days, Buchanan said.

When officers arrived they noticed a foul odor coming from the vehicle. They forced open the trunk and found the body inside.

Mardueno died of multiple gunshot wounds, said officials with the L.A. County coroner's office.

Buchanan said police were still trying to track down Mardueno's friends and acquaintances to piece together what might have happened.

Investigators have not identified a suspect.


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Image: Map shows location of last week's finding, in purple, as well as 17 other homicides, in red, since January 2007. Credit: Homicide Report