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Elsinore woman found dead; boyfriend arrested

Ronald Paoletto was arrested in connection with the disappearance of his girlfriend, Tanya Petro, who was last seen leaving her Lake Elsinore apartment with Paoletto.

January 11, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
A sex offender who is the boyfriend of a missing Lake Elsinore woman was arrested in connection with her disappearance. She was found dead on Tuesday.Tanya Petro, 33, went missing on Tuesday, Jan. 4. She was last seen leaving her Lake Elsinore apartment complex with her boyfriend, Ronald Paoletto. Her family reported her missing Friday, Jan. 7.

Paoletto was arrested Monday for violation of parole.

Petro's body was found Tuesday at approximately 11 a.m. in Vans Ranch Pipe Canyon Wash in Landers, according to the San Bernardino Sheriff's Dept. The department proceeded with a homicide investigation Tuesday.

Petro's family told police that Paoletto had physically assaulted her last week.

The couple was supposed to pick up Paoletto's children in Yucca Valley, but Paoletto arrived alone.

Paoletto said he and Petro had argued on the drive and he left her at an unknown location.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Lake Elsinore police at (951) 245-3300.