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Friend remembers finding body of woman in Burbank

Police say Dorothy McGuire was murdered, left in car.

March 08, 2012|By Don Ray, Special to Times Community News
(By Ross A. Benson )

When Curtis Cunningham answered his cell phone at work March 2, he had no clue where the call would take him. 

So began an odyssey that led to his discovery of his close friend’s body and an encounter with the stranger whom police believe killed her.

"I still can’t sleep at night," Cunningham said. “When I close my eyes, I see her face.”

Cunningham, 28, discovered the murdered body of his friend, Dorothy Jean McGuire, 37, in the front seat of the black Kia that belongs to David Andrew Perry, 43, parked in the driveway of a home in the 500 block of North Sparks Street in Burbank.

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FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this article misstated a quote from Cunningham. McGuire's father posted that daughter was missing on Facebook. He did not call Cunningham's wife.

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Perry sits in the Twin Towers jail awaiting a preliminary hearing on five felony charges that include murder, spousal abuse, making criminal treats and abusing animals. Los Angeles Police are not releasing much of what they know about the case, except that McGuire died near La Tuna Canyon Road and the Foothill (210) Freeway. Then, they say, he drove her body to his parent’s house and left her in the driveway.

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Cunningham said his wife called him at his warehouse job that fateful Friday.

“She told me that Dorothy’s father posted on Facebook that his daughter had not come home the night before,” Cunningham said, “and that I should call her boyfriend right away.”

Cunningham did not want to name McGuire’s boyfriend, who is also a close friend.

“He’s really taking it tough. He doesn’t even want to talk with his parents about it,” Cunningham said, adding he is coming forward to dispel rumors about McGuire.

“There have been so many news reports that say she may have died from a drug overdose,” he said. “She wasn’t that kind of a person.”

The Tujunga resident says that he, McGuire and her boyfriend enjoyed going out for a few drinks and having fun, but that she always knew when to quit.

“She would always go home to take care of her daughter,” Cunningham said. “It just wasn’t like her to stay out all night.”

After speaking to his wife, Cunningham says he called McGuire’s boyfriend.

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