A preliminary hearing for the man suspected of the 2018 murder Colusa County resident Karen Garcia has been set. 

After waiving additional time, Salvador Garcia-Vaca will appear in a Colusa County courtroom Jan. 16-17, 2020 for a preliminary hearing for the murder charge as well as a pretrial conference for a battery charge stemming from a domestic violence incident with the victim in December 2017. 

Last month, Garcia-Vaca pleaded not guilt to both charges. 

Garcia disappeared a week before Karen Garcia’s body was found in her car in Woodland. 

Garcia-Vaca was arrested in August by the United States Marshals in Guadalajara, Julisco, Mexico after fleeing from the area when local law enforcement began to question him about Garcia’s disappearance. 

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