Body Found in Field Believed to Be Missing Fontana Woman – Chris Burrous Reports
FONTANA, Calif. (KTLA) — A body found in Chino on Thursday is believed to be that of a Fontana woman who went missing earlier this week.
Her estranged husband — who had also been missing — was located, and has been arrested and charged on suspicion of murder.
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 40-year-old Lorna Lopez.
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. on 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 after he turned himself in on Thursday. 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 past six years.
Their three children range in age from 8 to 18 years old.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Fontana Police Department at (909) 350-7700.