Tiffany Nowden sought as person of interest after death of partner, Russina Vale, in California

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Police are asking for the public's help in finding a person of interest in the murder of a former Colorado resident who had recently moved to California.

The body of 38-year-old Russina Vale was discovered Thursday evening at the Villa de Flores condominium complex in the San Carlos neighborhood of San Diego.

Police say Vale suffered blunt force trauma to her upper torso.

Vale was in a relationship with 39-year-old Tiffany Nowden, who is considered a person of interest in the case. Her whereabouts are not known.

Both Vale and Nowden lived in Colorado until recently. Vale moved to California about a year ago. Nowden moved several months later, according to Vale's friend and co-worker Jean Heath.

A background check on Vale showed she lived in Aurora, Denver, Littleton and Arvada in the last 18 years.

Heath said Vale was originally from California and decided to move back because she hated winters in Colorado.

"She was a generous, open, good-hearted person," Heath told 7NEWS.

Heath said Vale worked at Rocky Mountain Human Services, formerly Denver Options, where she helped countless children with disabilities and their families.

"She had such a big heart for the people we served," Heath said. "She was such a great person, this is horrible."

Heath believes there's a high probability that Nowden fled back to Colorado. Heath is hoping that someone might see the news about what happened to Vale and contact police if they see Nowden.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the San Diego Police Department at 619-531-2000 or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.

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