Spokane detectives probe death of Tijuana woman

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SAN DIEGO — Detectives from the Spokane County Sheriff’s Department in the state of Washington were in San Diego County Thursday to investigate the death of a woman with ties to the area.

The body of Maria Guadalupe Vega, 61, was found in the Spokane River on Jan. 10, 2014, according to the Washington state law enforcement agency, which said it was looking to locate friends and associates of the victim. Washington state investigators have been in San Diego since Monday.

“Detectives are hoping, with the public’s assistance, they can obtain information related to the circumstances surrounding Vega’s death or why she had traveled to the Spokane area,” a Spokane sheriff’s statement said.

“We have no Washington ties to her. That is part of the reason why we are here,” said Spokane County Sheriff Detective, Justin Elliott.

Vega, a Mexican citizen who may have used the name Rosalba Robayo Blanco in the past, previously lived in both Oceanside and Encinitas, and spent several years working as a nanny in San Diego. She also traveled to Tijuana often, according to authorities. Mexican authorities have been notified about the woman’s death. They are working closely with U.S. investigators who say this was no accident.

“We are investigating this as a homicide for reasons we can’t go into,” Elliott said.

Anyone with information about Vega was asked to call Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest at 800-222-TIPS.

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