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California man arrested after wife found dead in her car

A California man has been arrested after his 24-year-old wife was found dead in her car, authorities said.

Cesar Hernandez, 47, of Watsonville, was detained by border patrol agents Monday night in San Ysidro after he apparently tried to return to the US from his home country of Mexico, the Santa Cruz Sentinel reported.

He was wanted in the slaying of his wife Brenda Becerra, whose body was found inside her car Thursday in Santa Cruz.

Becerra, who worked for Dignity Health Dominican Hospital, had been reported missing after Hernandez dropped off the couple’s two young children earlier that day around 2 a.m. at a relative’s home with little explanation,
Watsonville Patch reported.

Cesar Hernandez
Cesar HernandezWatsonville Police Department

Authorities believe Becerra was killed in Wastonsville before her body was driven about 15 miles and left in the car.

The Santa Cruz County Coroner’s Office said the cause of death was blunt-force head injuries and strangulation.

Hernandez remains in Santa Cruz County jail, where he’s awaiting arraignment in the case, the newspaper reported.


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