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Police believe dead man is valley homicide suspect

A man found dead Saturday morning in Southern California is believed to be a Las Vegas Valley homicide suspect who has been wanted since late September, authorities said.

Police on Sunday night were awaiting confirmation that a corpse found in a pickup in a Victorville parking lot is Abebe Tefera Goshu, a 55-year-old Ethiopian, wanted in the kidnapping and slaying of 33-year-old William Kenyatta “Kenya” Jones, the owner of 702 Motors, which sells used cars.

Relatives reported Jones missing Sept. 26. He was found dead two days later inside a house at 4844 Celsion Rock St., near Washburn Road and Fifth Street, in North Las Vegas.

The house belongs to Goshu, according to county records.

Officials with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s office said that the silver 2002 Toyota Tundra in which the body was found was the vehicle that Goshu was known to have been driving.

The body was discovered after passers-by noticed an odor coming from the truck, according to the San Bernardino sheriff’s office. The man was believed to have shot himself in the head, police said.

Contact reporter David Kihara at dkihara@reviewjournal.com or (702) 383-4638.

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