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Missing Mother Possibly Found Buried In Backyard

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The body of a 27-year-old mother who went missing two weeks ago may have been found in a backyard in Fontana.

Last night, information related to a missing persons case led police to the home of 40-year-old Cesar Rosales in the 8200 block of Reseda Avenue in Fontana, where a cadaver dog discovered a body in the backyard, KTLA reports. Police say Rosales confessed to the killing and was arrested. While police reported earlier that the body was that of Alejandra Carrion Gutierrez, they later retracted that information and said the body had yet to be identified, according to the Press Enterprise.

Alejandra Gutierrez, 27, was reported missing on January 2 by her family. She is the mother of two children, whom she shared the duty of caring for with her husband, Juan Rodriguez, though the two had been separated for two years, according to FOX 5 San Diego. Rodriguez told authorities that he last heard from her on December 30, when she left her apartment in San Ysidro around 10 p.m. to stay the night at her boyfriend's place in Fontana. Her cousin, Elvia Toris Gutierrez, told the San Diego Union-Tribune that Gutierrez sent a text message after 1 a.m. saying she'd made it to her boyfriend's house. However, other texts her family members reported receiving after that were suspicious, referring to money, according to NBC San Diego.

Gutierrez did not return home from Fontana the next day as promised, and her family reported her missing on January 2. Her abandoned Mini Cooper was found in Fontana on January 10.

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Early reports from police indicated that Rosales and Gutierrez were acquainted, but did not elaborate on how. It's not clear at this time if Rosales was the boyfriend Gutierrez was headed to meet or not.