Family of murdered young mother seeks answers

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SAN DIEGO – The family of a San Ysidro woman found dead in her boyfriend’s backyard in Fontana has opened up about their loss and the strange circumstances surrounding the case.

A body found buried in a "clandestine grave" in the backyard of a home in Fontana was positively identified Monday as 27-year-old Alejandra Carrion Gutierrez, who was reported missing on Jan. 2.

“All of a sudden, she just disappeared. Nobody had time to say goodbye or anything," said Alexis Rizzolo, Gutierrez’s cousin.

Gutierrez, a mother of two children, left her San Ysidro apartment on Dec. 30 to visit her boyfriend in Fontana. She was expected to return the next day.

On Jan. 15, investigators found her buried body. The boyfriend, 40-year-old Cesar Rosales, was arrested and charged with the murder.

“I was extremely sad to see how they were, like, cleaning the garden...finding Alejandra, or whatever they were doing," said Rizzolo.

When Gutierrez's family reported her missing, Rizzolo said there was frustration from the start.

“The detective...she was making personal assumptions. She just had, Alejandra abandoned her kids. I mean, of course she didn’t. She would’ve called, you know?" said Rizzolo.

Gutierrez had two young children with her estranged husband. They remained friends and both took care of their two young children.

Rizzolo said her cousin was engaged to Rosales, who she described as "jealous" and "possessive."

She said during the search, the family believed Rosales had something to do with Gutierrez's disappearance, and that her estranged husband was very worried.

“We don’t understand why he did it. But he’s in jail, at least...he’ll pay," said Rizzolo.

Gutierrez's family has set up a GoFundMe account for anyone who would like to make a donation for her children -- a 4-year-old girl and a 3-year-old boy.

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