Brittany Dawn Killgore has been found dead and there are still many unanswered questions.
Killgore, missing since April 13, had filed for divorce last week from her husband, Lance Cpl. Cory Killgore, who was deployed to Afghanistan seven months ago. He has since returned to the US
Killgore was last seen with Louis Ray Perez, 45, a Marine at Camp Pendleton and who has reportedly been uncooperative with investigators.
In a somewhat surprising twist, Jessica Lynn Lopez, 27, was taken into custody at a motel on Rosecrans Street in San Diego and was expected to be booked on suspicion of murder. Lopez allegedly tried to kill herself and left a note with information regarding Killgore.
Lopez’s attorney Dean Broyles said he didn’t know if his client knew Perez or Killgore, who was reported missing Saturday — one day after Lopez turned 25.
“There’s a lot of speculation, a lot of innuendo, a lot of weak allegations and charges out there,” he said. “I would caution everyone to not jump to conclusions and prejudge based on all the information flying around right now.”
NBC News has reported that Lopez and Perez lived together at one point or at least lived at the same residence. which opens up the possibility of jealously or some type of love triangle being a possible motive.
Brittany’s father, Darryl J. Wrest of Rolla, Mo., told reporters the family was devastated and wanted to grieve privately.
“Brittany was a beautiful, kind, caring young woman trying to find her way in this world. Family and friends love and miss Brittany beyond words,” he said in a quivering voice.
10newsnew.com has reported that Lopez and Killgore might know each other as well.
10News reporter Steve Fiorina spoke with a neighbor who knew both women. The neighbor, who did not want to be identified, said Lopez was trying to leave town with a friend. “They came to give me a hug and [say] goodbye when they were leaving,” the neighbor said. “They were staying at a hotel before they would fly out.” 10News learned investigators are looking into whether the women were possibly involved in some unusual behavior. The neighbor said it was no secret that the two women were involved in a dangerous sex industry. “They were into the… sex slave things,” said the neighbor. “I tried not to judge… but that’s what they were into.”
Perez remains a person of interest.