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Days after her disappearance, a Williams woman was found dead in her car in a parking lot in Woodland Sunday night. The victim is 21-year-old Karen Garcia and she leaves behind a two-year-old daughter.

Posted: Jan 15, 2018 7:30 PM
Updated: Aug 4, 2019 11:08 AM

WILLIAMS, Calif. - Days after her disappearance, a Williams woman was found dead in her car in a parking lot in Woodland Sunday night.

The victim is 21-year-old Karen Garcia and she leaves behind a two-year-old daughter.

About a week ago, her 19-year old sister Jessica was among 6 killed in a wrong-way crash on I-5 in Yolo.

Karen Garcia then went missing two days later, and many friends and family rushed to try and find her, but unfortunately they did not receive the news she wanted…and the family finds themselves dealing with yet another heartache.

Garcia worked at the Granzella’s restaurant in Williams for six years along with her mom.

One of the employees told Action News Now that Sunday night a co-worker was in the Marshalls parking lot passing out flyers, when they coincidentally noticed the car which matched the description and license plate belonging to her.

It was then that that same co-worker saw that her body was inside.

Susan Lack is one of Garcia’s coworkers and she went to the scene after learning what happened so she could be there to comfort the family.

She did not want to talk specifically about what that was like, but shared with us what she’s going to miss most about Garcia.

“She was the sweetest, kindest most beautiful caring person I’ve ever really met. I never heard her say a bad thing about anyone and she had such a big heart,” Lack said.

The search is now on for the suspect responsible for her death, which police say is her ex-boyfriend and the father of her child, Salvadore Garcia Jr.

Last weekend he attended a car tagging event where several people showed up to hand out flyers as part of the bring Karen home effort, and he was there and telling people how much he wishes she would come home.

We went to suspect’s grandparents’ house and they said they are in shock by the situation and did not walk to talk in camera.
They said that just last week they were babysitting his two-year-old daughter and can’t believe everything that has unfolded.

They said they have not heard from Salvador or know his whereabouts. If you have any information, you are asked to contact the Colusa Police Department at 530-458-7777.

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