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Woman Found Dead In Newport Beach Office Building Was An Escort, Police Say

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The woman found dead in a Newport Beach business park was working as an escort, police say.The body of 23-year-old Sarai Alcaraz of Long Beach was found by police in the Newport Corporate Plaza, on the 5000 block of Campus Drive, early Tuesday morning around 1:30 a.m. On late Monday night, two friends of Alcaraz's had lost touch with her via text message and phone calls and alerted police just after midnight. Newport Beach Police told KTLA that Alcaraz was working as an escort and meeting a client at the office building where she was found dead.

On Wednesday morning, police arrested 29-year-old Isaac Nieto Hernandez of Santa Ana on suspicion of murdering Alcaraz. According to the Press-Telegram, Hernandez was arrested during a traffic stop in Santa Ana around 11:30 a.m.

Hernandez worked as a janitor at the building Alcarez's body was found, but it was unclear whether he was working that night. "We are not sure if he was supposed to be there that night or was assigned to that specific building, but over the course of his normal duties he would have had access to the building," Newport Beach Police spokeswoman Jennifer Manezlla told The Orange County Register.

The cause of death has not been determined, pending an autopsy and toxicology report.