SAN LUIS OBISPO — Carlo Alberto Fuentes Flores, of Paso Robles, was charged with the murder of Nancy Woodrum, the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office announced Thursday afternoon.
Woodrum, 62, went missing from her Paso Robles home on May 5, after which the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office conducted an extensive search for her. The victim, who operated a hair salon and Airbnb, hired the 42-year-old defendant to paint her deck during the week leading up to her disappearance.
After being identified as a possible suspect in November, San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office detectives contacted Flores for questioning on Tuesday, Dec. 18. After a lengthy interview, Flores eventually led investigators to the victim’s remains in a secluded area off Highway 58 in a rural eastern part of the county.
“I am grateful for the excellent work by the Sheriff’s Office personnel who followed every lead in this case that led to solving the disappearance of Nancy Woodrum. We are deeply saddened by the fact that she was not found alive and we send our heartfelt condolences to Nancy’s family,” said District Attorney Dan Dow. “We are firmly committed to seeking justice for Nancy and her family and will vigorously and fairly pursue that end.”
Flores was expected to be arraigned in Department 1 of the Superior Court in San Luis Obispo on Friday, Dec. 21. He is being held without bail at the San Luis Obispo County Jail. If the special circumstances are found true, the penalty for a defendant who is found guilty of murder in the first degree is death or imprisonment in the state prison for life without the possibility of parole.
The case was investigated by the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of the District Attorney’s Bureau of Investigation and is being prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Christopher Peuvrelle.
The Sheriff’s Office is also asking for the public’s help with providing information about Flores. Investigators are asking anyone who may have come in contact with Flores to contact the Sheriff's Detective Division at 805-781-4500.