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Search for missing wife of Marine resumes in San Diego County

April 17, 2012 |  8:06 am


As the search resumed Tuesday for the missing wife of a Marine, authorities were focusing their efforts on another Marine believed to be involved in her disappearance.

Search-and-rescue teams continued their search  for 22-year-old Brittany Dawn Killgore in a canyon near Fallbrook. She has been missing since Friday.

Police questioned Louis Ray Perez, 45, a Marine at Camp Pendleton, who was arrested Sunday on suspicion of possessing a stolen weapon, an AR-15 assault rifle.

Perez was questioned about Killgore's disappearance and was uncooperative, said San Diego County Sheriff's Lt. Larry Nesbit. Investigators believe Perez was the last person to see Killgore.

"We believe there is a strong likelihood Brittany is the victim of foul play," Nesbit said.

Killgore was last seen Friday wearing a dark purple evening gown with purple floral glitter patterns, officials said. She filed for divorce last week from her husband of two years, Cory Killgore, according to court documents.

Her cellphone was found in the Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego's shopping and entertainment district.

Cory Killgore had been deployed to Afghanistan but is on his way home because of his wife's disappearance, officials said.

Perez was set to be arraigned Wednesday and was being held on $500,000 bail.


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