Los Angeles police detectives are investigating the slaying of a woman who was found partially buried beneath a rock slab in a shallow grave behind her West Los Angeles home, authorities said today.
Margarita Padilla, 59, was found by her dogs on Monday at the residence in the 11500 block of National Boulevard, the day after she was reported missing by relatives, police said. The condition of her body indicated Padilla died from blunt force trauma.
Padilla was last seen alive Saturday when she went to the movies with a man with whom she had a romantic relationship. The man, who investigators would not identify, initially had worked for Padilla.
The man is believed to be an illegal immigrant who fled to Mexico.