According to police, her vehicle, a 1995 Plymouth Neon, was also nowhere to be found. They also said the “circumstances surrounding Christi’s disappearance are suspicious in nature.”
Investigators determined that 34-year-old Richard Rodriguez allegedly “forced his way into Christi’s residence and forced her to leave,” officials said. They also believed Rodriguez had Romero’s 9 mm pistol in his possession.
In an effort to try and find Romero, police posted photos of her, Rodriguez and the stolen vehicle online.
Around 5:15 p.m. on Nov. 6, officers from the Huntington Beach Police Department responded to a call regarding a “family disturbance.”
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Once at the scene, police discovered a dead adult female at the scene, authorities said.
Romero’s body was found in the trunk of a parked sedan near the home, KTLA-TV reported.
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While authorities would not confirm what Rodriguez was doing in Huntington Beach, they did say he may have family or friends in the area.
The investigation is ongoing.
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