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Woman's body found in bushes just footsteps from kidnapping victim's house

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Police say a body was found late Monday afternoon on the same street where a woman was kidnapped.

While the body's identity has yet to be confirmed by the coroner, it matches the description of Bertha Garcia, 23, who was taken from her front yard just after midnight Sunday.

Officers are searching for Garcia's ex-boyfriend German Medina, 32, whose behavior before Garcia's disappearance led investigators to believe she was in extreme danger.

Neighbors discovered the body under a bush on the 1900 block of Paris Street in Aurora.

Exclusive 9NEWS video shows officers shining their flashlights on that same bush Sunday night, hours after the 23-year-old disappeared.

Aurora police have confirmed the body is a woman and she was in flip flops and pajamas, which is what Bertha Garcia was wearing when she disappeared.

"It's very, very sad," said Mary, who lives across the street from where the body was found.

Mary and a friend say they heard several gunshots Sunday evening but didn't report it, because it is a common occurrence in their neighborhood.

"You can always tell when the shots are close by," Mary said. "I heard 3 or 4. I hear them all the time."

Police have yet to determine how the woman was killed. Aurora police describe the body as well hidden.

"It was what we feared the most," Aurora Officer Frank Fania said.

Fania says investigators are intensifying the search for German Medina.

"[Medina] asked his brother to borrow a car and a gun," Fania said.

Medina's brother says he didn't let him borrow a gun, but he did lend Medina his black Lexus.

Medina, and that Lexus, have been missing ever since.

"From the beginning we had a bad feeling about this one," Fania said. "Things just didn't sound right."

Garcia was walking back inside her home after saying goodnight to a male friend just after midnight Sunday but she never made it to the front door.

That friend says he saw a man grab her arm but says he thought it was her brother so he kept driving.

Police now suspect that man was Medina.

Family friend Jose Chavez called Garcia a very good person who was close to her family.

Garcia's mother lives next door.

"You know, these people are not criminals, they work hard," Mary said.

Now, police continue their work as they search, not just for a kidnapper, but for a killer.

Aurora police want to question German Medina.

He is 32-years-old, 5'8" tall and weighs 140 pounds with black hair, brown eyes, and a thin beard. Medina was last seen wearing a black leather coat.

The car he borrowed from his brother is a black 1997 Lexus two door with Colorado plates 339-WDJ.

If you see that car, or Medina, call 911 immediately.

Crimestoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $2,000 for information.

The number to call is 720-913-STOP.

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