The May 24th trash container homicide in Pleasanton has finally seen some closure after the victim’s alleged killer, Javier Pablo Sandoval was arrested early Wednesday.
The initial description of the woman found is as follows: “The coroner’s office determined the woman was probably Asian or Latino with dark hair and was about 5-foot-6 and weighed about 130 pounds. She was found wearing an Old Navy shirt and pajama bottoms. She was also wearing blue fingernail polish, red toenail polish and had three ear piercings in each ear with distinctive earrings. She had no tattoos or other markings.”
The body found within the trash can has been identified as 25-year-old Ana Flores-Pineda of Stockton, who was originally located by Stockton police following a missing persons report.
According to investigators, the body had been in the trash can for “a few weeks,” and as such was in a state of heavy decomposition.
Pleasanton police played a major part in ascertaining the identity of the body, working alongside Stockton detectives. They forwarded Flores-Pineda’s DNA to a national database and searched dental records, also releasing a forensic anthropologist’s sketch and several photographs of the victim’s earrings.
A sculptor was due to create a bust of the victim before Javier Pablo Sandoval was linked to the homicide by DNA evidence and arrested.
Stockton police’s public information officer stated that the motive of the murder was linked to domestic violence, and that Sandoval and Flores-Pineda were in what was referred to as “some type of relationship.” It is unknown if the two were dating at the time of Flores-Pineda’s death.
Further details have yet to be released, as the investigation is ongoing. Sandoval has been incarcerated in the San Joaquin County Jail for the time being, pending his trial.
This marks Stockton’s 61st homicide of the year, surpassing last year’s record high, standing at 58.