Army Reserve officer found dead in SUV

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FALLBROOK, Calif. – A 24-year-old Army Reserve officer has been found dead in the back of his sport-utility vehicle in Fallbrook, according to the San Diego County medical examiner.

The body found Thursday in the Toyota 4Runner has been identified as that of Alvin Bulaoro, a second lieutenant in the Army Reserve.

He had been reported missing by his family on Dec. 21.

The body was “zipped up in a sleeping bag and had signs of trauma,” according to Lt. Glenn Giannantonio with the Sheriff’s Department homicide detail.

Bulaoro, an immigrant from the Philippines, worked as an administrator for the family’s business in Fallbrook caring for the elderly. He joined the reserves in November 2011 and was assigned to the medical corps.

His family spotted his SUV in the parking lot of a grocery store in Fallbrook and notified the Sheriff’s Department.

———- Story by Los Angeles Times reporter Tony Perry