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Body found in home may be missing Hollister mom

October 13, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
Hollister police believe the body of a woman found in an apartment where police had a late night standoff is that of missing mother Heather Carroll.

Carroll, 25, disappeared after dropping her son off at school Wednesday morning. Her car was found burning south of Hollister Thursday morning.

Late Friday night police went to Hollister resident David Jose Quiroz's apartment to interview him about Carroll. That interview erupted into a lengthy standoff.

Once Quiroz was arrested and taken into custody, during interviews he directed investigators to the location of a woman's body at his home. The 30-year-old told investigators the woman died Wednesday morning after they got into an argument at his apartment. The body is presumed to be Carroll's, though an official identification is pending.

Police note that Quiroz participated in one of the many citizen group sponsored regional searches for Carroll on Thursday. He was arrested for murder and booked into San Benito County Jail.

San Benito County Search and Rescue Unit will continue their operations today as a part of this investigation to assist in the possible location of evidence. Forensic experts with the Department of Justice will be processing the crime scene for evidence.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call Investigations Bureau at (831) 636-4331. Persons wishing to remain anonymous may call WeTIP at (800) 78-CRIME. Information provided to WeTip may result in an award of up to $1,000.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report)


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