Colorado man arrested in death of woman at homeless encampment

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Police taped off the parking lot of a business complex in Egger Highlands area after a body was found.

SAN DIEGO — A Colorado man was behind bars in San Diego Thursday for allegedly killing his girlfriend, whose battered body turned up in a makeshift camp in Egger Highlands used by transients.

Martin Joseph Foster, 53, was taken into custody late Wednesday night in connection with the death of 61-year-old Cheri Dillon-Casey, according to police.

Patrol officers found Dillon-Casey dead in a field near the intersection of Palm Avenue and Saturn Boulevard early Tuesday afternoon, Lt. Mike Hastings said. The San Diego woman had suffered blunt-force injuries to her upper body, and the county Medical Examiner’s Office ruled her death a homicide.

Hastings was named a “person of interest” in the woman’s death the following day. Authorities disclosed no suspected motive for the alleged slaying.

About 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, officers called to check on a man near Horton Plaza found Foster suffering from minor injuries, Hastings said. It was unclear how he’d gotten hurt.

Foster was treated at a hospital before being booked into San Diego Central Jail on suspicion of first-degree murder.

Foster was being held without bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Friday afternoon.

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