A man accused of killing a 30-year-old woman found in a vehicle abandoned at the bottom of a hill in Temecula made his initial court appearance Thursday.
Edwin Omar Cordova, 28, of Wildomar was arrested Saturday following a Riverside County Sheriff’s Department investigation into the death of Cynthia Denise Ibarra Cabrera of Murrieta.
Cordova is charged with murder and a sentence-enhancing allegation of using a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony.
Cordova appeared before Superior Court Judge Judith Clark, who appointed him a public defender and scheduled his arraignment for April 12 at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta.
Clark also ordered Cordova held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning.
According to sheriff’s Sgt. Rick Espinoza, patrol deputies were called to the area of Camino Estribo and Pujol Street, just west of Interstate 15, last Thursday night to investigate reports of a vehicle crash on a steep embankment.
When deputies searched the sedan at the bottom of the precipice, they discovered Cabrera dead from unspecified blunt force injuries, Espinoza said.
The case was immediately turned over to the Central Homicide Unit, and detectives turned their attention to individuals known to the victim, Espinoza said.
Within two days, investigators developed leads pointing to Cordova as a suspect, at which point he was questioned and taken into custody.
No other details were provided, including a possible motive.
Cordova has no documented prior felony convictions in Riverside County.
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