Torres and Police Chief Joe Romero have had battles in the past, but it seemed quiet until this. A Covina woman was found died in a van at a Pomona courthouse Friday. Cops found the van, and called the family. The family then found the woman. Now questions are being raised as to why the police didn’t do it.
LA Times: According to Romero: Officers had followed proper protocol. When the van was located, Romero said officers were sent to inspect the vehicle. After running a check of the license plate, they learned it was part of a missing person’s report filed in Covina. He said the officers called Covina police and were told to release the van to the family or it would be impounded.
“There is no way the officers could have known” there was a dead body inside, Romero said. “There’s no mistake on our part. We have no right to go inside the vehicle.”
Torres: Said she wants to know more about the department’s protocols in dealing with such cases.
“It’s certainly upsetting to hear, and my heart goes out to the family, who had to discover the body,” Torres said. “I have a lot of questions that require follow-up.”
UPDATE: “A parolee gang member relative of the husband of a Covina woman who was found murdered in her van on Saturday has been named a “person of interest” in the case by Pomona Police.
Police said Joseph Orta, 34 has not been officially named as a suspect in the murder of 22-year-old Eileen Ponce-Orta, who was found fatally stabbed in the neck on Saturday