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Tustin woman found dead in Hawaii; boyfriend sought

June 2, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
A murder investigation is under way after a pregnant woman from Orange County was found strangled in Hawaii.

Fishermen found Brittany Jane Royal's body on Tuesday in Kalapana. The 25-year-old from Tustin was two months pregnant.

Her family says she had moved to Hawaii to teach yoga, and still can't really fathom what's happened.

"As a mother it's the hardest thing to imagine, losing a child and especially in a way like this," said Royal's mother, Julie Spahn Royal.

Police are now searching for 22-year-old Boaz Johnson, Royal's boyfriend. He's been missing since Monday, when the couple went camping together.

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