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Fight in front of children leads deputies to mother's body buried in cornfield, sheriff says

South Carolina authorities are working to extradite a man from Alabama who deputies say killed the mother of his children and left her partially buried in a cornfield.

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South Carolina authorities are working to extradite a man from Alabama who deputies say killed his the mother of his children and left her partially buried in a cornfield.

Cherokee County Sheriff Steve Miller said Dionicia Nava Abarca, 42, of Gaffney, is being held in Baldwin County, Alabama, after his arrest on Sunday.

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The woman's body was found Sunday after deputies were called about a missing person, Miller said.

Cherokee County Coroner Dennis Fowler identified the woman Monday as Alicia Campos Garcia, 37.

Several children at the home told deputies their parents left home Saturday afternoon in a pickup truck and did not return.

The children said their parents were arguing and they saw their father choke their mother before they left to go shopping, check on rental property and a nearby garden, Miller said.

Deputies searched the rental property and found the truck, but did not find the couple, Miller said.

As they searched the nearby garden, they found Garcia's body partially buried between rows of corn, Miller said.

Investigators said Abarca got his 17-year-old nephew to pick him up from the rental property Sunday afternoon and drive him to Alabama, where the man now faces charges of second-degree unlawful imprisonment.

The teen told investigators his uncle was acting strange and he was scared his uncle had done something bad because of the way he was acting, Miller said.

Investigators have a murder warrant for Abarca and are working with Alabama law enforcement to extradite him back to South Carolina to face that charge, along with immigration violations, Miller said.