Brittany Dawn Killgore's Murder Provides Camp Pendleton with its Own Twin Peaks Mystery; Update with Marine Husband's Statement
See the update at the bottom of page 2 with Marine Lance Cpl. Cory Killgore's statement on his wife's death and plea to the media.
ORIGINAL POST, APRIL 26, 1:11 P.M.: AMC's The Killing--or, on a tab of acid, ABC's old Twin Peaks--has nothing on the murder mystery swirling around Camp Pendleton. The nude body of Brittany Dawn Killgore, a 22-year-old beauty who a week earlier had filed for a divorce from her Marine husband fighting in Afghanistan, was found in a ravine near a Riverside County lake on April 13. The first suspect arrested in the case is a 300-pound woman who may have tried to kill herself, while the second is a Marine who kept sex slaves and frequented bondage websites.
Brittany and Lance Cpl. Cory Killgore had lived in an apartment in Fallbrook, which is about 25 miles northeast of Lake Skinner, which is near the brush that partly hid the woman's body. She was found on a Friday the 13th, which is all the more chilling when you consider she once had a blog titled 13smyfavoritenumber. Writing on it at age 17, she described herself as depressed but feeling better after taking medication. She also posted that she clashed with her family and wanted to travel the world to find her true love.
In her divorce petition filed a week before her body was found, Killgore cited irreconcilable differences but no further details. She married Cory Killgore in July 2010. He is not a murder suspect, according to authorities.
On April 15, two days after Brittany Killgore's body was found, one of her former Fallbrook apartment neighbors--and the last person known to see her alive--was arrested on a weapons charge. Louis Ray Perez, 45, allegedly stole an AR-15 assault rifle from a man in February. A 16-year veteran of the Marines with no priors before the theft, Perez was already being described as a "person of interest" in Killgore's murder. He was held in lieu of $500,000 bail and, according to authorities, has been "uncooperative" in the murder probe.
Louis Ray Perez
Jessica Lynn Lopez was arrested April 17 at a Ramada Inn in San Diego for Killgore's murder. San Diego County sheriff's deputies said the 25-year-old suffered from self-inflicted injuries, and there was reportedly a suicide note next to her explaining what she had done to Killgore.
Lopez was treated at UCSD Medical Center before being booked into Las Colinas Detention Facility in Santee. She later pleaded not guilty to murdering Killgore, and the judge set her bail at $3 million.
Jessica Lynn Lopez
While still in custody at the Vista Detention Facility Tuesday, Perez was also booked for Killgore's slaying.
Meanwhile, the San Diego Union-Tribune and London Daily Mail have been tripping over themselves with revelations about Perez's kinky side.