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Body in car trunk ID'd as Erica Perez, missing Calif. mom

Combination photo released by the Montebello, California Police Department shows the Perez family.

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- The body of a woman found in the trunk of a car in California has been identified as Erica Perez, a mother who was reported missing along with her children and husband Tuesday, reports CBS Los Angeles.

Her husband, Daniel Perez., was named a person of interest in connection with her disappearance, Montebello, Calif. police said Wednesday.

Perez, 43, was arrested Thursday after a tense standoff, during which the Perez's four children were rescued.

Perez's Toyota Camry was located at around 8:30 a.m. in El Cajon with the help of a LoJack system in the car, according to the station.

The California Highway Patrol attempted to pull the vehicle over and a pursuit ensued. Perez drove 85 miles an hour during the pursuit before he was eventually stopped around 9 a.m.

During the standoff, Perez, who was in contact with police, according to the station, released two of his sons to authorities. He continued to hold his other two sons hostage in the vehicle until about 9:50 a.m. when all three people exited the vehicle, reports CBS Los Angeles.

The dramatic arrest and the rescue of the four boys came as Daniel Perez stood near the edge of a freeway overpass. He was clutching one child, while another walked behind.

When Perez reached the edge over the overpass, officers shot him with a non-lethal bean bag, and then tackled him.

Perez has not been charged in his wife's death.