Police Find Missing Fontana Man’s Body Inside Burned-Out Car

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RIALTO, Calif. (KTLA) — The family of a man whose body was found inside a charred car offered a $10,000 reward Saturday for information leading to whoever was responsible for his death.

Alejandro Padilla, 40, was found dead inside the vehicle on Friday around 10:00 p.m. in Rialto, when firefighters extinguished the car fire, the San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner’s office told the Los Angeles Times.

“He doesn’t deserve this. Nobody deserves this…I know that if you were in my position, you’d want to find who killed your father,” Emily Padilla said during a news conference in front of the family’s home on Saturday.


The body of Alejandro Padilla was found in his burned-out car days after his disappearance.

The car turned up at Flores Park after Padilla was reported missing from his home hours earlier.  Authorities believe he was attacked and abducted.

Padilla went missing Friday at about 5 a.m. after he was attacked in the driveway of his home, authorities said.

“He was on his way to work like he is every morning, Fontana police Sgt. Doug Imhof told KTLA News.

“He made the phone call that he makes every morning to a co-worker and then he hasn’t shown up to work.”

When officers arrived they found signs of a violent and bloody struggle in front of Padilla’s home, police said.

The husband and father of two most recently worked as a driver for Coca-Cola.

Anyone with information was asked to contact Fontana police at (909) 350-7700.


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