- Associated Press - Thursday, October 9, 2014

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Police in Orange County say the son-in-law of a woman killed in 1998 has been arrested on suspicion of her murder.

Laguna Beach Police Capt. Jason Kravetz says 46-year-old John Edward Gutierrez was taken into custody Wednesday outside an Aliso Viejo gym.

The Orange County Register reports (https://bit.ly/1o1wzNp ) Gutierrez is suspected of killing 55-year-old Lillian DeVilla, whose body was found under a bush by two Laguna Beach public works employees. She had been reported missing five days earlier.

An autopsy determined that DeVilla had been hit in the head and then asphyxiated.

At the time of the crime, Gutierrez lived in Aliso Viejo with his wife, Aileen, and DeVilla.

Police did not disclose a possible motive for the killing.

It wasn’t immediately known if he has a lawyer.

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Information from: The Orange County Register, https://www.ocregister.com


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