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2 charged with killing missing California firefighter

August 29, 2019
This undated photo released by the West Covina, Calif., Police Department shows John Aguila. Two Southern California men have been arrested on suspicion of killing the missing firefighter and authorities say they may have found his burned body. (West Covina Police Department via AP)
This undated photo released by the West Covina, Calif., Police Department shows John Aguila. Two Southern California men have been arrested on suspicion of killing the missing firefighter and authorities say they may have found his burned body. (West Covina Police Department via AP)

WEST COVINA, Calif. (AP) — Two Southern California men have been charged with killing a missing firefighter after authorities said they may have found his burned body.

West Covina police are trying to confirm whether the body found last week in Upland is that of 28-year-old John Aguila.

His family says Aguila, a part-time firefighter with the Bureau of Land Management, vanished after leaving his girlfriend’s home Aug. 22.

Aguila’s car was found a day later with gloves and bloody clothing in the trunk.

Police say video of a man walking away from the car led to the arrests Tuesday of 18-year-old Elijah Rouse of La Verne and 37-year-old Shaun Cardarelli. They were each charged Thursday with murder with special circumstance allegations that it happened during commission of a robbery.

It’s unclear whether they have attorneys.

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