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Alice Marie Medina-Kaplan, 46

Alice Medina-Kaplan, a 46-year-old white woman, was found dead Sunday, Sept. 21, in the 200 block of Mauna Loa Drive in Monrovia, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.

Sheriff’s Department deputies received a call Sunday expressing concern for Joel Velazquez, 49, and his girlfriend, Medina-Kaplan, according to a news release from the department.

Monrovia Police were also called and went to Medina-Kaplan's parents' home, where they found her body in a Lexus SUV parked in the backyard. Velazquez was also in the backyard.

Velazquez, who is Latino, was detained and later booked on suspicion of murder, according to the Sheriff’s Department. He was charged with murder Sept. 23 and is being held on $1-million bail, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

-- Nicole Santa Cruz

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