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Five people arraigned in missing woman's murder

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SAN DIEGO (NEWS 8) - The five suspects arrested in connection with the slaying of a 30-year-old South Bay woman who went missing last month and was found dead 10 days later in a wooded area in the far northern reaches of San Diego County were in court Monday.

Jonnie Alexander Isaguirre, 22, Crystal Lopez Melendez, 33, Maria Yvette Perreira, 26, Amber Star Suarez, 37, and Pablo Victor Valadez, 35 were arrested last Wednesday for allegedly taking part in the murder of Alexandria Nicole Smith of National City.

Smith, whose family described her as a "known narcotics user" with a history of depression, disappeared on Oct. 2, Lt. Graham Young said. Her cellphone was found dumped in a commercial trash bin in Vista two days later, the lieutenant said.

On Oct. 12, her body was discovered in a remote location off Pala Road, near the Riverside County line.

An autopsy determined that she had been slain, but officials have withheld the cause of death.

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