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Lake Elsinore Murder Victim Dumped in Landers

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Tanya Marie Petro, 33 Years

On January 7, 2011, Lake Elsinore Police officers investigated a missing person with suspicious circumstances. Tanya Marie Petro, a white female, 33 years, described as 5 feet 4 inches, 125 pounds with blonde hair and blue eyes, has been missing from the 1400 block of Morro Way in the city of Lake Elsinore as of January 4, 2011, at about noon.

Tanya may be with Ronald Wayne Poaletto her ex-boyfriend. He was seen driving into the parking lot of her apartment at 11:00 PM the day she went missing. Paoletto is described as a 40-year-old male, possibly of Philippine decent, five feet eight inches in height, weighing 187 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. He is driving in a 2000 Toyota pick-up, license # 7C101109, blue in color and slightly raised.


Ronald Wayne Poaletto, 40 Years

On January 7, 2011, family members reported Tanya Petro, 33 years of age, missing. Petro was last seen leaving her apartment complex located in the 1400 block of Morro Way, Lake Elsinore, with her boyfriend, Ronald Paoletto 41 years. Paoletto is a full disclosure 290 PC registrant. Family and friends of Petro stated Paoletto had physically assaulted Petro sometime last week (not reported). According to family members Paoletto and Petro were to have traveled together to Yucca Valley to pick up his children, however when Paoletto arrived, he was alone. When questioned by family, Paoletto told family members that he and Petro had an argument along the way and he dropped her off at an unknown location.

2000 Toyota Pickup - License 7C10109

Paoletto was seen by family members in the high desert city of Victorville on January 9, 2011, at approximately 3:00 p.m. without Petro. Ronald Paoletto is a person of interest regarding this missing person case and is possibly in the company of his ex-wife Jennifer Paoletto. Paoletto was last seen driving a blue, slightly raised 2000 Toyota pick up, license #7C10109.

The Lake Elsinore Police Investigative Bureau is asking for the public’s assistance in locating Petro or Paoletto to contact Investigator Callahan or Investigator Topete at (951) 245-3300.

Anyone having information regarding this case is encouraged to contact the Lake Elsinore Police Department at 951-245-330 during normal business hours or the Riverside County Sheriff Department’s dispatch center at 951-776-1099.

Body Located:

On January 11, 2011 at approximately 11:00 AM, the body of Tanya Petro was located in Vans Ranch Pipe Canyon Wash in Landers. Tanya Petro, a 33 year old resident of Lake Elsinore, had been reported missing to Riverside County Sheriff’s Department by her family on January 7, 2011. The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Detail is investigating.

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  1. kathy says:

    Tanya was a good mother and person.she will be missed. my love goes out to her kids

  2. Paparrazi Paparrazi says:

    According to Riverside County Sheriff’s Sgt. Patrick Chavez,.Paoletto is a registered sex offender. These perps should get a mandatory free tattoo on their forehead after conviction.” Convicted Sex Offender” that will help them meet some new buddies when they return to prison.
    Here is the recidivism rate, Child Molesters 52% Rapists 39%
    Several studies and interviews of sex offenders support the claim that sex offender recidivism is highly underreported, with imprisoned perpetrators having many times more victims than the official criminal reports record.

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