STOCKTON, Calif. - A man was arraigned and formally charged with the murder of his girlfriend Friday afternoon.
Javier Sandoval, 30, is accused of murdering Ana Flores-Pineda, whose body was found Pleasanton inside of a trashcan in a wooded area off of Dublin Canyon Road on May 24.
After Stockton police filed a missing person's report on Flores-Pineda in June, Pleasanton and Stockton police worked together and were able to identify her remains. On Oct. 31, detectives arrested Sandoval in connection to Flores-Pineda's murder.
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Flores-Pineda's friends and coworkers said they knew something didn't add up when she didn't show up for work May 3.
"Everybody had their suspicions that something was wrong, when she didn't show up for work, she was always on time," Sahuayo Market manager Dianne Arana said.
Flores- Pineda worked at the market for nearly a year. She was a valued employee who, coworkers said, always came to work with a smile. They said she always talked about how she loved her boyfriend.
"I hope some of this opens eyes to some women, please be careful out there, with who you meet," Arana said.
Sandoval was charged with first degree murder; his bail is set at $4 million.