San Bernardino police investigate the discovery of the body of a woman found in a field on Monday, March 4, 2013.
A 47-year-old transient was arrested in connection with the slaying of a woman whose body was found early Monday in San Bernardino, police said.
Jamie Farron Putman was arrested on Monday in connection with the death after a police officer was flagged down by a pedestrian regarding a dead body in a nearby field in the 1700 block of South E Street, police said.
Police found the body of a woman at 6:20 a.m. She appeared to be in her 40s and had suffered from blunt force trauma, officials said. The Riverside Press Enterprise reported that she was homeless.
The body was found in a shallow creek area or river bottom near the Santa Ana River. Police found the suspect hiding under a tree nearby.
Police said the suspect admitted his involvement in her death and he was booked into the San Bernardino County Jail.
Police said the suspect and the victim appeared to have known each other and that a dispute may have led to the attack.
It was the sixth homicide in the city so far this year, on pace with last year's rate, and the third slaying since Thursday, officials said.
Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Detective Michele Mahan at (909) 384-5619 or Sergeant Gary Robertson at (909) 841-5361.