CASTROVILLE (CBS SF) — Sheriff’s officials in Monterey County are asking for the public’s help to locate a woman who allegedly killed another woman Thursday evening at a Castroville home.

At 7:09 p.m., deputies responded to a report of a verbal disturbance at a home in the 10300 block of Merritt Street, according to sheriff’s officials.

Melissa Paniagua

Melissa Paniagua. (Monterey Co. Sheriff’s Office)

While en route, deputies learned that a person had been shot.

At the scene, they located a 37-year-old Castroville woman, later identified as Cynthia Medina, unconscious and without a pulse. Deputies and medical personnel attempted life-saving procedures, however, Medina was pronounced dead at the scene, sheriff’s officials said.

Following a preliminary investigation, detectives were able to identify the suspect as 28-year-old Castroville resident Melissa Paniagua.

Sheriff’s officials are seeking Paniagua, who they believe may be armed.

They’d also like to talk to Paniagua’s sister, identified as 35-year-old Sylvia Navarro of Castroville, who is not a suspect, but is believed to have knowledge about the case.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office at (831) 755-3722 and ask for Detective Rick Jorgensen or Detective Sgt. Bryan Hoskins.

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  1. Melissa Paniagua seems like just another failed abortion. This is why we need to keep her kind in Mexico. They are a scourge on our once-great communities.
    Please Lord protect us from the disease from Mexico known as Mexicans.

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