ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — Rockford Police say Brandon Bagnuolo, of Poplar Grove, murdered Lien Correa-Rios and left her body in Gary, Indiana.

Correa-Rios, 42, was reported missing on November 12th, 2020. She was last seen at Blackhawk Housing Complex in Rockford.

Police say Bagnuolo, 40, was identified as the suspect. He is currently in custody on unrelated charges, including domestic battery, criminal trespass, and violating an order of protection, according to officials.

He has been charged with First Degree Murder.

“This case is another tragic reminder of our never ending battle involving domestic violence in our region,” says Rockford Police Chief Dan O’Shea. “Our hearts and thoughts go out to the family of Lien Correa-Rios.”

Mayor Tom McNamara and Jennifer Cacciapaglia, Manager of the Mayor’s Office of Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking Prevention, released the following statement on Monday: “We are heartbroken to learn of the loss of life, potentially due to domestic violence. Domestic violence related homicides are completely preventable, and this is the reason we are so incredibly committed to tackling the issues around this epidemic. Too often victims of domestic violence are scared of their perpetrator and overwhelmed by the system. We are committed to continuing our collaborative work with our partners across the entire continuum of services from prevention to protection to prosecution to partnerships to ensure all of us working in these spaces are implementing the best possible strategies to end domestic violence, protect survivors and hold offenders accountable. And, we’ll do so for all survivors and to honor those we’ve lost.”

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