Homicide victim found in La Quinta trash can identified

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An 87-year-old man found in a trash bin at a La Quinta home in November was identified by the coroner’s office on Tuesday.

The body of Ronald Clarke was discovered on East Parkway Esplanade on Nov. 21, according to the Desert Sun. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said Clarke was a resident at the same board-and-care facility where the suspect, Cristina Noelle Canimo, worked as a caretaker.

Canimo was arrested the next day and has been charged with murder and torture. She faces a special circumstance allegation of torture, which makes her eligible for the death penalty, should the district attorney’s office choose to pursue it.

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