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Bree'Anna Guzman Was Involved in 'Love Triangle' and Planned to Break Up With Boyfriend Before She Went Missing, Mother Says
When Lincoln Heights resident Bree'Anna Guzman went missing for a month, her case got very little coverage even locally—that is until her body was found on the side of the freeway just like another girl from the neighborhood: Michelle Lozano.The fear that these women's murders might have been connected means that her case is getting national attention—including a segment on CNN—and that some of the basic facts of her disappearance are just beginning to come out. Guzman's mother Darlene Duran went on CNN's "Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell" this week to discuss the case and the question of whether there could be a serial killer on the loose in Los Angeles. It's only at the very end of the segment that Duran offers up an interesting detail about the case that hasn't been reported elsewhere.
Just before Guzman disappeared, she had been having a fight with her current boyfriend, and she was planning to break up with him, Duran told CNN. Duran described it as a "love triangle." Her boyfriend was involved with another woman, although because the TV interviewer ran out of time just after the most interesting question, it is not clear what the nature of the love triangle was, how long Guzman had been with her boyfriend and how long her boyfriend had been with the other woman.
Duran only told Velez-Mitchell, "It was a love triangle and she was prepared to end the relationship that he was not willing to commit to."
While some news outlets reported that Guzman had stepped out to walk to the drugstore on her own, Canyon News had previously reported that Guzman told her mother that her boyfriend was going to pick her up that night. When Guzman didn't show up that night, Guzman's parents went to her boyfriend's house the next day to ask him if he knew anything about her. Duran said that he said that he hadn't seen her for three days before her disappearance. There seems to be a discrepancy between what Guzman told her parents and her boyfriend's story—but it's not clear from news reports whether the boyfriend canceled his plans to pick her up or what exactly the couple's last communication was.
Duran did not rule out the question of whether a serial killer was on the loose in Lincoln Heights while she was on CNN, but police are now saying that Lozano's death and Guzman's death are not connected. LAPD said they were investigating the possibility that the two cases were connected previously but in their latest statement, police didn't explain why they ruled out any connection.
Many in Lincoln Heights said they were worried that someone was targeting the girls in the neighborhood—and there was even one attempted abduction reported, according to KTLA.
But LAPD said on its Facebook page that it doesn't have any reason to believe that there is a serial killer on the loose in the neighborhood, although it encouraged community members who are on high-alert to come forward with anything that seemed suspicious:
In the past couple of days we've been made aware that there is a fair amount of speculation brewing about a possible serial killer in the Northeast and Hollenbeck areas (due to the discovery of the victim near the 2 freeway). At this point it's simply much too early to see patterns suggesting that type of behavior. Rest assured that the LAPD has its top-notch Robbery-Homicide Detectives working the case and they are exploring all possibilities. While it's important that we don't jump to conclusions, it's also good for us to be alert in general.