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California fiancé charged in killing after woman found dismembered on shoreline, authorities say

A 27-year-old California woman whose body was found dismembered and wrapped in plastic over the summer along a shoreline was allegedly killed by her fiancé, authorities said. 

Joseph C. Roberts, 42, was arrested this week and charged with the killing of Rachel Elizabeth Imani Buckner. An autopsy determined her manner of death to be a homicide, the Alameda Police Department said. 

Buckner’s body was discovered on July 20 wrapped in plastic and duct tape, FOX San Francisco reported, citing court documents. Her head, hands and feet were severed from her body and have not been found. 

“Joseph [Roberts] never reported the victim missing at any point during this investigation. Joseph’s DNA was on the tape that wrapped her body, which meant he was aware she was dead, he was aware she was dismembered, and he took an active role in wrapping her body, concealing it in plastic garbage bags,” wrote Hansen.

Roberts is charged with murder, circumstance in aggravation and special allegation great bodily injury, according to jail records. 

Louis Casiano is a reporter for Fox News Digital. Story tips can be sent to louis.casiano@fox.com.

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