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June 1, 2011 (Spring Valley) – Following a suicide off the 125 bridge near State Route 54 in Spring Valley this morning, California Highway Patrol officers traced the victim’s car license plate—and made a gruesome discovery. The bodies of 41-year old Mary Alvarez, and her children, 12-year old Angelica Alvarez and 11 year old Ahmid Alvarez, were found inside a Chula Vista townhouse at 1746 Currant Way, said Chula Vista Police Department's public information officer Bernard Gonzales.

A California Highway Patrol motorcycle officer spotted a 2001 Hyundai Elantra partially obstructing the right lane on State Route 125, south of State Route 54 early this morning. He checked nearby and found a man’s body in a 100-foot-deep ravine below an overpass. The Union-Tribune reports that a woman’s purse and cosmetics were found inside the car.

CHP officers traced the license plate to the registered owner’s address on Santa Cora Avenue in Chula Vista, where a manager told them the owner had moved out. Authorities obtained the woman’s new address, as well as her place of employment, Gonzales said.


According to the San Diego Union Tribune, Mary Alvarez worked at San Ysidro High School. After coworkers told authorities she had not been to work in several days, CHP asked a manager at The Landings townhome complete to let them inside.

There, they found the boy’s body in a second floor bedroom and blood on the stairwell. CHP officers summoned Chula Vista Police, who discovered the child's mother in a pool of blood upstairs and a girl deceased in yet another room on the third floor.

While murder-suicide is suspected, authorities have not been able to confirm whether the man who jumped off the bridge was related to the Alvarez family, because he carried no identification.

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