Friends and family gathered at a sunset vigil Saturday night to say goodbye to a young mother whose life ended too soon.
Heather Carroll, a 25-year-old school teacher from Hollister, was reported missing on Wednesday.
Fliers with Carroll's picture dotted the town of Hollister, including one taped to the garage of a family friend's house -- the home where police said they found her body.
Hollister police found a woman's body early Saturday morning inside the home of a man involved in an 12-hour long standoff with police.
Police entered the Hollister home of David Jose Quiroz, 30, at 5:30 a.m. and found the dead woman, who is presumed to be Carroll, said Dave Westrick, interim police chief of the Hollister Police Department.
Police said the official coroner identification is still pending, but Carroll's family has been notified that the body of a woman was found at the residence on the 2100 block of Cerra Vista.
Quiroz, a friend of the victim, showed officers the body and told investigators that the victim died Wednesday morning after he and the woman got into an argument at his home.
Police said the suspect told investigators her death was accidental.
"He did tell us he was responsible for her death,” said Hollister police Lt. Carlos Reynoso.
Carroll was reported missing Oct. 10 after she failed to pick up her child from Ladd Lane School. She was last seen dropping her child off at the school that morning.
Carroll's car was then found on fire on Oct. 11, but there was no sign of the mother, police said. The vehicle was not occupied at the time of the fire.
The standoff began shortly before 4 p.m. Friday when investigators were on their way to Quiroz's residence to question him about Carroll's disappearance.
Investigators said they had learned that Quiroz was possibly involved or had information in the disappearance.
Just prior to their arrival, Hollister police received a 911 call reporting that Quiroz was suicidal and possibly armed.
Immediately a mutual aid request was made and a SWAT team from Southern Santa Clara County responded to assist.
When Quiroz failed to respond to the arriving officers the standoff began.
Quiroz was arrested on murder charges and was booked into San Benito County Jail.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call Investigations Bureau at (831) 636-4331.
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