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Man Charged With Murder Of Lake Elsinore Mom Commits Suicide

Ron Paoletto, 41, committed suicide while in custody for the killing death of Tanya Marie Petro, a Lake Elsinore mother of two.

Six months after he was , Ronald Wayne Paoletto, 41, has committed suicide while in custody, according to the victim’s family and the San Bernardino District Attorney’s Office.

Greg Jacques, Petro’s older brother, said a detective on the case and the DA’s Office called his family today to confirm the suicide.

Christopher Lee, spokesman for the San Bernardino DA’s Office also confirmed the suicide through an email to Patch Monday evening. More details surrounding the suicide are expected tomorrow. FOR THE UPDATES.

“We don’t know how he did it,” Jacques said of the suicide. “There is no justice in this at all. He bypassed what was coming to him.”

Paoletto was a registered sex offender who on Jan. 14 in Joshua Tree Superior Court to the first-degree murder charge in the Petro case.

According to Jacques, his little sister, who was 33 at the time of her death, was murdered with a shovel.

“He (Paoletto) beat her with it,” Jacques said. “They (investigators and the coroner’s office) don’t know if she was still alive when she was buried."

buried in a remote area of San Bernardino County known as Pipes Canyon Wash in Landers.

"Her jaw was broken, her throat was slit with the shovel, and the back of her head … It was horrible. There can be no justice. He got off because now there can be no conviction," Jacques said.

The mother of two was last seen Jan. 4 leaving her Lake Elsinore apartment complex with Paoletto, who police and friends described as her boyfriend.

According to a Riverside County Sheriff’s Department report, Paoletto and Petro planned to travel to Yucca Valley that first week in January to pick up his children, but Paoletto arrived alone, telling his family he argued with Petro along the way and dropped her off at an unknown location.

Also according to the report,

in connection with the case.

Jacques said Paoletto should have been on suicide watch. At press time, details of Paoletto’s custody at West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga have not been confirmed.

Jacques said his family has suffered immeasurably since the killing.

“My mom is totally gone,” he said. “And my sister has been very affected by this.”

Jacques said Petro’s two small children are now living in Arizona with their biological father.

“They are doing ok. As well as can be expected,” Jacques said of his niece and nephew, who were ages 7 and 8 at the time of their mother’s murder. Jacques’s wife, Gizelle, said Petro was a loving mom who didn’t take drugs and never would have dated Paoletto if she had known he was a registered sex offender.

“Tanya didn’t have a computer. There’s no way she knew,” she said. “We miss her terribly.”

According to the Megan’s Law website, Paoletto had been previously convicted of lewd or lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14.

The same week that Petro’s body was found, The Jan. 14 evening gathering was held at the Mountain Ridge apartment building on Morro Way at Grand Avenue in Lake Elsinore where Petro lived with her children.

“She had a beautiful heart,” said Lake Elsinore resident Michele Jackson during the vigil. “I would see her in Walmart, always buying something for her kids. I am going to miss her very much.”

“Tanya was a sweet girl,” said Jackson’s husband Scott, who was Petro’s onetime coworker at Circle K on Grand Ave. “She was always doing for her kids and for animals. Over at Circle K, she would find lost dogs and put them out back -- give them food and water. She loved those strays.”

Mary and Ray Kuhns of Lake Elsinore were also at the vigil to remember Petro.

“She was such a sweet, tender person,” Ray said. “Always smiling.”

Petro’s older sister, Tracy Romo, fought back tears as she spoke of her sibling during the vigil.

“I raised her for the first two years of her life,” said Romo, an Orange County resident. “She was the baby. Now she’s gone.”

A memorial fund has been established for Petro's children. for more information.

Charles Baker July 26, 2011 at 03:48 AM
HOORAY!!!!!!!!!!! Now we don't have to support this one with our tax dollars!!!
Charles Baker July 26, 2011 at 03:50 AM
Now the detectives can breathe easy because they flubbed this one but he took care of himself.
John Penso July 26, 2011 at 04:16 AM
He was scum and a coward, he deserved alot worse than what he got, he got off easy. RIP Aunt Tanya
Gizelle Rosello Jacques July 26, 2011 at 04:54 AM
I am glad he's gone. Tanya was a beautiful person she didn't deserve this. The family desreved justice and now not only do we not get to see him rot in prison or die there not by his own hand thats not fair....
mary July 26, 2011 at 05:16 AM
Now my dear cousin can rest in piece we love and miss her so much.... this coward will rot in HELL!!!
Gizelle Rosello Jacques July 26, 2011 at 06:18 AM
i also wanted to thank the Patch for always being at the court and keeping the family informed when we all couldnt make the trek out there for every continuance. Thank you so much for making sure Tanya's voice is heard
robert hart July 26, 2011 at 11:06 AM
imagine the lawsuit his family wikk fike now
Debra S July 26, 2011 at 02:00 PM
My husband & I knew Tanya, a very sweet girl.
Debra S July 26, 2011 at 02:05 PM
Yes, he deserved a lot worse than death by his own hand. But, perhaps, the worst thing is happening to him now. Gods knows where he is.
Susy July 26, 2011 at 02:39 PM
It's not fair, he did not pay for what he did to poor Tanya and to her family especially the kids. The only satisfaction is that he cannot do this to anyone else and rape anymore children. Now God will judge him and will sufffer eternal daimnation in hell! Sorry for your cousin Tanya, Mary. She was too young and had too much to live for.
dawna chilton July 26, 2011 at 03:54 PM
that son of a bitch! he screwd us all out of seeing or feeling the justice of this horrible act of pain and misery!!! why did he get to choose his fate when tanya had no chance? gregs right he should have been on suicide watch, a guy like that has no balls to face the truth of what hes really done. I've seen these people go through all of this, i was there for it all and it was REAL PAIN!! After seeing her body at the viewing with Tanyas mom and her aunt i wish he would of looked like that when he was done with himself! My love goes out to you all and too every one whos endured the heartache of loss.
Greg Jacques July 26, 2011 at 04:39 PM
I just want everyone to know that I seems nearly impossible that this crime was committed alone the info hat the family had was the last time Tanya was seen Jennifer paoletto was with her and Ron after that Rons battery died someone jumped his car but he was alone and that was the scene of the crime. Later Ron and Jennifer went back to the house where Tanya was held she was not restrained at the time of her death so what willing person takes a shovel to the head without seeing it someone had to be there with him to distract her and help him. Tanya had $6000 in the bank which Ron and Jennifer cleaned out during her captivity and death I believe Ron killed himself so that Jennifer wouldn't go down thank God for the freedom of speech because these are the facts. It's a shame our system will fail us again to not see that Jennifer said Ron was with her she is his alibi and if he's at the scene so was she. Charges should be brought against her she has strikes send her away for life. If you know her watch out she is a dangerous person
Brandy Diehl July 26, 2011 at 05:28 PM
we were thinking the exact same thing....he killed himself so she wouldnt go down too. Jennifer should be locked up and the key thrown away as well. Charge her with murder as well....shes as responsible as the damn lowlife that couldnt face his demons on this earth....
Greg Jacques July 26, 2011 at 07:09 PM
there is now a small pic above that is of tanya she was lovely
cathy smith July 27, 2011 at 01:25 AM
i agree she should go down as well tanya was one of the funniest and sweetest people ive know and she loved her kids she will forever be missed
Kim Baker July 27, 2011 at 02:00 AM
I JUST WANT THE EX WIFE TO COME TO ELSINORE AND TELL US HERSELF WHAT HAPPENED TO TANYA.. SKANK ASS BITCH
kathy July 27, 2011 at 02:27 AM
wow
kathy July 27, 2011 at 02:31 AM
ok first ron did it...now that he is gone.now jennifer did it..i think you are reaching..i do feel very bad for tanyas kids but putting the blame on some one else is not going to do anyone any good..
Greg Jacques July 27, 2011 at 04:19 AM
Oh he did it that's for sure but she was involved she is his alibi and was with him so either she knew or was there either way she's involved. We are not reaching we want everyone involved to get what they deserve.
kathy July 27, 2011 at 06:38 AM
why do you want to know about her kids
kathy July 27, 2011 at 06:57 AM
reachinggggggg $6000 she worked at cercle k
Nicole Sanchez July 28, 2011 at 06:20 AM
It's real unfortuante what happened to Tanya, I knew her 4rm back n the day when I was 14 (about 14 yrs ago) she was also good friends w my big brother Lucky. She was always friendly & always smiling, I have some funny memories of her from when I was a teenager that I will never 4get =D she was a lot of fun & such a good person & I'm sure even a wonderful Mother! My family & I went to her funeral to pay our last respects. I'm a mother of soon to be 3 boys, & my heart goes out to her 2 children! <3 Tanya u r loved & will be missed truly! One thing that helps me to know, if any of u belive in God, is that, that son of a b**** will rot in hell for eternity, he did us all a favor by killing himself which was a straight ticket to hell...which is far worse than any prison here on earth!! See ya in Heaven Tanya once we get there! ;) xo xo xo
Heather July 30, 2011 at 02:29 AM
This is a very sad story. My prayers are with the family. Always keep Tanya in your hearts and her childrens hearts. The guy was a coward to kill himself. If he had an acomplish I hope charges will be filed against that person.
Peggy McCaslin August 02, 2011 at 04:08 PM
Just like any coward, they have to rule the ones they love the most, take the lives of kids to hurt the mother and then himself...Death was to easy for him and so is our laws...Stronger laws, less crime and expense for us tax payers....Why have Death Row when they are still there after 10 - 30 yrs. of supporting them, TV, Computer, Privleges, you name it they have it...Better than most people living on the streets, who are born AMERICANS.....
tracy ann romo August 02, 2012 at 08:52 AM
I pick my sister's children up every 6 months and bring them home foe 4-6 weeks. I am telling you what these kids are going thru...they have SUDDEN BREAK DOWNS!!! THEY ARE NOT EVEN 10 YET AND THE SHIT THEY HACE BEEN THRU. JENNIFER IS JUST AS DEEP IN THIS AS RON. AND FYI I HAVE BEEN SAYING THIS SINCE DAY ONE. I AM THE ONE WHO MADE THE COPS GO OUT THERE. AND JENNIFER AINT THE ONLY ONE EITHER. BUT I AM NOT GIVING UP. IN TIME SOMEONE IS GONNA MAKE A MISTAKE. THERE ARE TOO MANY LOWLIFES INVOLVED. ONE OF THEM WILL NEED SOMETHING TO BARTER WITH WHEN GET BUSTER AGAIN.

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