Crime

Man accused of murdering Paso Robles woman appears in court

Carlo Alberto Fuentes Flores, of Paso Robles, will be arraigned on murder and rape charges in D1, Jacquelyn Duffy’s courtroom, for the murder of Nancy Woodruff, whose body was discovered Tuesday. Photo by Joe Johnston 12-21-18
Carlo Alberto Fuentes Flores, of Paso Robles, will be arraigned on murder and rape charges in D1, Jacquelyn Duffy’s courtroom, for the murder of Nancy Woodruff, whose body was discovered Tuesday. Photo by Joe Johnston 12-21-18 jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

The man accused of killing Paso Robles resident Nancy Woodrum entered no plea at an arraignment Friday in San Luis Obispo Superior Court.

Superior Court Judge Ginger Garrett continued the arraignment for Carlo Alberto Fuentes Flores at the request of the defense, represented at the hearing by the Public Defender’s Office.

Authorities say Fuentes Flores, 42, killed Woodrum, 62, who had been missing for seven months when her body was recovered on Tuesday in a remote spot off Highway 58.

Sheriff’s detectives interviewed Fuentes Flores on Tuesday, and he led investigators to her body on the same day, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The District Attorney’s Office filed a complaint in court Thursday for premeditated murder. The complaint said Fuentes Flores allegedly raped Woodrum and burglarized her rural Paso Robles home.

The complaint includes two allegations of special circumstances for having allegedly committed murder while engaged in the commission of rape and residential burglary. The allegations mean that prosecutors could possibly seek the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole at a later date, according to Assistant District Attorney Eric Dobroth.

The District Attorney’s Office has not yet stated whether it intends to seek either.

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Nancy Woodrum, 62, was reported missing in rural Paso Robles, California, on Saturday, May 5, 2018. San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office

Neighbors last saw her alive on the afternoon of May 4, according to the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office.

Woodrum’s family members reported her missing on May 5 after they stopped by her home and were unable to find her. A search-and-rescue team on May 6 combed the area around Woodrum’s property but couldn’t locate her.

Woodrum, a hair stylist, owned The Strand Salon in downtown Paso Robles with her daughter, and had worked in the beauty industry since the late 1990s, according to a May Tribune story.

Sheriff Ian Parkinson said at a Wednesday news conference that Woodrum and Fuentes Flores were acquainted because the man had done painting work on her property.

Fuentes Flores is due back in court for a further arraignment Jan. 3.

Also on Friday, the Sheriff’s Office issued a news release asking for the public’s help in the investigation. The agency asks anyone who may have been in contact with Fuentes Flores to contact the Sheriff’s Detective Division at 805-781-4500.

The body of missing Paso Robles resident Nancy Woodrum has been recovered and San Luis Obispo County Sheriff-Coroner Ian Parkinson announced an arrest of a suspect.

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Matt Fountain is The San Luis Obispo Tribune’s courts and investigations reporter. A San Diego native, Fountain graduated from Cal Poly’s journalism department in 2009 and cut his teeth at the San Luis Obispo New Times before joining The Tribune as a crime and breaking news reporter in 2014.


Lindsey Holden writes about housing, immigration and everything in between for The Tribune in San Luis Obispo. She also covers northern San Luis Obispo County city governments and school districts. Lindsey joined The Tribune in 2016 after working for the Rockford Register Star in Illinois. She’s a native Californian raised in the Midwest and is a proud graduate of two Chicago schools: DePaul University and Northwestern University.


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