3 People Arrested After Dead Man Found In U-Haul

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Two men and a woman have been arrested in the killing of a man whose body was found in the back of a U-Haul truck in Santa Barbara County.

Santa Maria police Sgt. Mark Norling says 37-year-old Ramon Maldonado, 28-year-old Carmen Cardenas and 54-year-old Pedro Torres of Santa Maria were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of conspiracy and murder.

Norling says officers responded Monday afternoon to a home where evidence including blood indicated an assault had occurred.

On Tuesday, Santa Barbara Sheriff's deputies found a U-Haul truck officers had been searching for. Norling says in the back was a man's dead body. Officers ruled the death a homicide.

Norling says the man lives in Santa Maria but would not release more details because of the ongoing investigation.

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