Body found buried in San Bernardino ID’d as young mother

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FONTANA, Calif. - A body found buried in a "clandestine grave" in the backyard of a home in Fontana was positively identified as a 27-year-old woman who had been reported missing.

The San Bernardino County coroner confirmed on its website that the remains were those of Alejandra Carrion Gutierrez. A cause of death was not made available.

Alejandra Carrion Gutierrez, Cesar Rosales
Alejandra Carrion Gutierrez, Cesar Rosales

The woman's body was discovered around 1:10 p.m. on Friday buried in the 8200 block of Reseda Avenue, in the yard of home belonging to 40-year-old Cesar Rosales, according to the Fontana Police Department.

Gutierrez had been reported missing on Jan. 2, but she had not been heard from since Dec. 31, police said in a statement.

Her unoccupied vehicle was found in Fontana, near the Rialto border, on Jan. 10.

Juan Rodriguez, Gutierrez's estranged husband, identified Rosales as the victim's boyfriend.  He said the victim had left the San Ysidro apartment the two shared on Dec. 30 to see Rosales. Rodriguez said he had expected her to return the following day.

Her family filed a missing person's report two days later.

Gutierrez was the mother of two children, one of whom had a birthday last week, according to Rodriguez.

Rosales has been arrested and booked on a murder charge at the West Valley Detention Center, according to San Bernardino County inmate records. He was ineligible for bail.

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