WOODLAND (CBS13) – The body of a missing Williams woman was found over the weekend in Woodland, and now police are searching for a suspect.

Karen Garcia disappeared two days after her sister was killed in a wrong-way crash on Interstate 5 near Woodland. Karen’s body was located inside her car in a parking lot in Woodland on Sunday around 3:45 p.m., according to a statement from the Colusa Police Department.

Authorities are calling her death a homicide, and are searching for Salvador Garcia Jr. He Karen’s ex-boyfriends and has been named by detectives as a suspect. On Wednesday, we spoke with Salvador, who was still living with Karen in Colusa when she disappeared. The two share a child: 2-year-old Avianna.

“She got in her car and she took off,” Garcia recounted. “Just in a rush to get out.”

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But Karen had left her purse, wallet, and I.D. the apartment. That was the last time she was seen alive.

Karen’s sudden disappearance had her friends worried.

“Ever since that [the crash], her head has been, kind of, everywhere,” said Linda Quintero, Karen’s friend.

Her sister received a text at 5:10 p.m. on Monday saying: “Hey I’m at Roseville and Vacaville today, I have to run some errands. I’ll be back late tonight okay.”

Karen was scheduled to work Tuesday afternoon but never showed up.

After Karen Garcia’s body was found on Sunday, detectives served a search warrant at her apartment and allegedly found evidence of a homicide.

Police are searching for Salvador. Anyone who knows his whereabouts or has any other information in the case is asked to call authorities immediately.


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