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Charges filed against suspect in disappearance, murder of Paso Robles woman

Posted at 4:43 PM, Dec 20, 2018

Charges have been filed against the man arrested this week in connection with the disappearance and murder of a Paso Robles woman last May.

The felony complaint filed Thursday in San Luis Obispo County Superior Court against Carlo Alberto Fuentes Flores includes a charge of murder for the death of Nancy Woodrum, 62. Special circumstances included in the complaint allege the crime occurred during a rape or attempted rape and during the commission of a burglary. It also alleges that the murder was premeditated.

The 42-year-old was arrested Tuesday after San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Ian Parkinson says Fuentes Flores led them to Woodrum’s body off Highway 58 in eastern San Luis Obispo County.

Woodrum, a popular hairdresser, was last seen at her rural home on El Pharo Drive on May 4, 2018. Her family reported her missing the next day.

Fuentes Flores was reportedly identified as a suspect after investigators conducted numerous interviews with people who may have come into contact with Woodrum.

Investigators did not reveal a motive for the murder but said Fuentes Flores was hired to paint the deck on Woodrum’s property in the week leading up to her disappearance.

Carlo Alberto Fuentes Flores
Carlo Alberto Fuentes Flores


He is scheduled to be arraigned Friday morning. He is currently being held at the San Luis Obispo County Jail without bail.

According to the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office, if convicted, Fuentes Flores could face life in prison or the death penalty.

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