SAN DIEGO CA - San Diego Sheriff’s Department found a body Tuesday believed to be a missing former Missouri resident.
Brittany Dawn Killgore was reported missing Saturday about 6:30 p.m. when her phone was found by a homeless man who was trying to sell it to a stranger. The stranger took the phone to find out who it belonged to and called her mother who had been sending her pictures and messages.
According to the San Diego Sheriff’s Department, based on leads developed Tuesday, the body of a woman was found nearly a mile north of Lake Skinner near Warren and Borel Roads in Riverside County.
The body was transported back to the San Diego Medical Examiner's Office. Positive identification of the body and the manner and cause of death will be determined by the Medical Examiner’s Office.
A second arrest has been made in this case. Her name is Jessica Lynn Lopez, 27-years-old. She was taken into custody this morning in the 1400 block of Rosecrans Street at the Ramada Inn. Lopez is currently at UCSD Medical Center for a medical necessity and will be charged with murder.
According to Cheryl Coble, Brittany’s grandmother who lives in Farmington, Brittany’s mother called police after the stranger contacted her about the missing phone. Police went to Brittany’s apartment and found her carryon bag and laptop case which she planned to take with her on the plane to Pennsylvania with her Tuesday to be with her parents. Brittany had packed everything up and shipped it to her parent’s house.
Brittany’s mother had called Coble’s other daughter, Deanna Allen Wampler, who also lives in the area, and told them Saturday Brittany was missing.
Earlier on Tuesday Coble said the hardest part is not knowing where Brittany is. “It’s horrible I don’t know how to explain and we can’t comfort each other,” she said.
She was married to a Marine who had been serving in Afghanistan and had separated from him.
Coble said Brittany was very cautious and wouldn’t be gone long without anyone hearing from her.
“She just wanted to be at her parent’s house and just wanted to sit and hold her new niece,” said Coble.
Coble said the Jacque Rawson Waller family called and talked to them about Brittany’s disappearance. She said her kids and the Rawson family were friends.
Brittany’s father Darryl Wreast and his father Jim, who also lives in Farmington flew out to California and have been handing out photos and information about her. Brittany’s mother, Michelle Allen Wreast has been in Pennsylvania with her other daughter and new granddaughter and her other sibling.
Coble said the Marine Brittany was last seen with has been in jail and is not talking to anyone about what happened that night.
“He’s 45 years old and has invoked his Fifth Amendment right about what happened the night she disappeared and he’s not talking,” said Coble.
Brittany was supposed to go out with Louis Ray Perez and his girlfriend to a dinner cruise but her family is not sure if they ever made it. His girlfriend backed out at the last minute.
Detectives believe she was last seen on Friday evening in the company of Louis Ray Perez, 45-years-old. He is an active duty Marine currently in custody in Vista Jail on an unrelated charge of possession of a stolen AR-15 assault rifle.
Brittany’s family had lived in Rolla before moving to Pennsylvania around Halloween.
Her husband is due back in California this week.
Maridee Lawson is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 756-8927 or firstname.lastname@example.org.