UCSD burning car: Estranged husband arrested on murder, arson charges

By City News Service

The estranged husband of a missing Carlsbad woman who is presumed to have been slain was being held in county jail without bail Sunday pending his arraignment this week on murder and arson charges.

Julio Angel Garcia, 50, was arrested in Tijuana on Friday evening and turned over to San Diego police, SDPD Lt. Kevin Rooney said.

Garcia’s 38-year-old wife, whose name has not been released, went missing Oct. 29, a day before her car was found engulfed in flames in a parking lot on the UC San Diego campus. While extinguishing the blaze, firefighters discovered a charred body inside the destroyed vehicle.

A postmortem exam determined that the woman had been slain. The autopsy results have been sealed, and authorities have not confirmed the victim’s identity or disclosed her cause of death.

Garcia, an unemployed transient known to frequent Carlsbad and San Marcos neighborhoods, is scheduled to make his initial court appearance Wednesday afternoon, a jail clerk said.