PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Law enforcement agencies are no longer looking for a “person of interest” in relation to the suspected homicide of 24-year-old Ontario woman Daniela Perez. The Malheur County Sheriff’s Office said that the unnamed suspect has been found dead.
The Malheur County District Attorney’s Office announced that Perez’s body was found inside of her car in downtown Ontario on Oct. 10 after she was reported missing under “suspicious circumstances” that same day. Initial evidence suggests that Perez was murdered, the DA’s office said.
“With her vehicle also being missing, On-Star was used to determine its location at approximately 7 p.m.,” the DA’s office stated. “The vehicle was found parked in downtown Ontario in a parking lot belonging to the Ontario School District. Tragically, Ms. Perez was found in the vehicle deceased. The circumstances suggest it to be a criminal homicide.”
The Malheur County Sheriff’s Office and the Ontario City Police Department initially provided photos of an unnamed man determined to be a “priority person of interest” in connection to Perez’s death. However, an update on the MCSO Facebook page states that the man appears to have died from an “apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.”
The investigation into Perez’s death is ongoing.
“Law enforcement has worked tirelessly through the night and continue to follow leads, gather evidence and attempt to identify persons involved,” the DA’s office said.