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California man charged with the murder of his girlfriend

Police in California have charged a 26-year-old man with murder after the body of his missing girlfriend was discovered in a remote part of Siskiyou County. The man was taken into custody by deputies from the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office on Oct. 10, and reports indicate that he is being held at a detention facility in Yreka, with bail set at $1 million.

The 24-year-old victim's family reported her missing on Oct. 5 after not being in contact with her for a few days. Police became suspicious about the disappearance when they discovered that the victim had left behind many personal items, and their investigation soon focused on her boyfriend. Social media accounts suggest that the couple had been involved with each other for two years and had two children. Police say that a number of leads led them to the location of the woman's body, but initial reports did not include details about how she died or what led officers to suspect her boyfriend was involved.

However, reports did reveal that the man was brought in for questioning shortly after the body was discovered and charged following the subsequent interview. Detectives with the SCSO's Major Crime Unit are handling the case, and they have asked any members of the public who may have information about the woman's disappearance and death to contact them.

Experienced homicide detectives are usually skilled interrogators, and even those with nothing to hide may implicate themselves after hours of careful and deliberate questioning. The Fifth Amendment grants suspects the right to remain silent, and criminal defense attorneys often urge their clients to avail themselves of this right and refuse to answer any questions until they are represented by counsel.

Source: The Herald and News, "Boyfriend arrested for missing woman's murder", Stephen Floyd, Oct. 11, 2017

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