RIVERSIDE (CNS) - A transient has been arrested in connection with the murder of his mother, whose body was found near Box Springs Mountain near Riverside after he was found driving her car, authorities said today.
Mica Maddock, 51, of Riverside, was reported missing by her husband about 4 a.m. Wednesday after he returned to their home in the 5800 block of Fair Isle Drive in the Sycamore Canyon area of Riverside and she was not there, according to a statement from the Riverside Police Department. He became more concerned when she did not answer or return calls and failed to show up for work Wednesday morning, the statement said.
Around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Riverside Police detectives found the woman's car in Corona, but she was not inside. The car was being driven by Aaron Allen Aubrey, 24, a transient from Riverside, authorities said.
He was initially arrested on suspicion of auto theft and identity theft as well as a parole violation, but county jail records Friday morning indicate he was also booked on suspicion of murder. He was being held without bail.
About 11 a.m. Thursday, Riverside County Sheriff's deputies and search teams found Maddock's body near the base of Box Springs mountain, in the area of Gernert and Pettegrew roads, officials said.
The cause of death was not disclosed.
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