LANDERS — A Lake Elsinore woman’s body was found in a Pipes Canyon wash Tuesday, and homicide investigators are interviewing her boyfriend, a registered sex offender who was supposed to be driving to Yucca Valley with her last week. Tanya Marie Petro’s family reported her missing Friday. The 33-year-old was last seen leaving her apartment complex in Lake Elsinore on Jan. 4 with her boyfriend, 41-year-old Ronald Paoletto. Petro’s family and friends told the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Paoletto had assaulted Petro last week.
The two were supposed to drive to Yucca Valley to pick up his children, but when Paoletto arrived, he was alone, telling family he had argued with Petro along the way and dropped her off at an unknown location, the Riverside sheriff reported.
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