Merced man accused of killing girlfriend

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Merced police say 25-year-old Jose Angel Ortiz called authorities Sunday afternoon to report that his girlfriend was not breathing. (KFSN)

A man is in jail Monday after authorities suspect him of murdering his girlfriend.

Merced police say 25-year-old Jose Angel Ortiz called authorities Sunday afternoon to report that the victim was not breathing.

Paramedics went to the couple's apartment near Q and Second Streets and found 23-year-old Catrina Fonseca-Martinez unresponsive. She was admitted to the hospital and died hours later.

Detectives had the coroner respond and interview Ortiz.

Based on all of the evidence, they believe he killed his girlfriend through some type of "bodily force," but the exact cause of death is still under investigation.
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