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Navy sailor arrested in Midway District motel killing

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A 27-year-old Navy sailor was arrested on suspicion of killing a woman whom police described as an acquaintance at a motel in the Midway District in May.

San Diego police arrested Marquise Tyree Wisher at about 4 p.m. June 16 at an undisclosed location in Imperial Beach with help from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.

Navy spokesman Brian O’Rourke said Wisher is a petty officer second class who has been assigned to Tactical Communications Command One at Naval Base Coronado for about six months.

Wisher is suspected in the killing of Rosa Jaco, 32, at a motel on Greenwood Street near Hancock Street on May 4. Homicide Lt. Andra Brown said evidence at the scene led police to identify Wisher as the suspect.

Police homicide officials have declined to say how Jaco was killed.

Homicide Lt. Matt Dobbs previously said she had marks on her body that indicated a possible injury or postmortem changes in her body.

Medics who treated her called police after people in the area became disruptive and tried to impede the medical efforts, Dobbs said. “There were several people that came to the room for a variety of reasons and were being very vocal and emotional, which prompted the call from medics,” he said.

After medics “noticed the condition of her body was inconsistent with the information they were being provided,” they called homicide investigators, Dobbs said.


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