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Marine Questioned In Case Of Missing San Diego Woman

Authorities searched today for a 22-year-old North County woman who disappeared last week under suspicious circumstances after getting together with an active-duty serviceman, who was later jailed on an unrelated weapon charge.

The last known sighting of Brittany Killgore was about 5 p.m. Friday in her hometown of Fallbrook, according to sheriff's officials.

Investigators believe Killgore was with 45-year-old Louis Ray Perez, a Marine based at Camp Pendleton, just before she went missing, Lt. Larry Nesbit said.

"Based on our investigation to this point, we believe there is a strong likelihood Brittany is the victim of foul play,'' Nesbit said. "Today we are deploying sheriff's search-and-rescue units to assist in locating Brittany.''

On Sunday, detectives arrested Perez on suspicion of an unrelated charge of possessing a stolen AR-15 assault rifle, according to Nesbit. Perez was being held at San Diego Central Jail on $500,000 bail.

At the time of her disappearance, Killgore was wearing a dark-purple evening gown with shiny floral patterns on it. The brown-eyed brunette, who is 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs about 130 pounds, may have traveled to the Gaslamp area of downtown San Diego that night, according to investigators.

Nesbit declined to disclose the nature of the suspicious circumstances surrounding Killgore's absence.

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