On Sunday, a deputy checking a resident’s complaint about an abandoned car with a foul odor in the 4400 block of Paramount Boulevard made a grisly discovery in the trunk – Vasquez’s body. He’d been shot in the head. Coroner’s officials ruled the death a homicide. How long the body was in the trunk hadn’t been determined yet, according to coroner’s spokesman Capt. Ed Winter. His ex-wife said she and Vasquez have three daughters. He grew up in the Pico Rivera area and had two siblings, she said. She last saw him when he visited his children, ages 14, 12 and 8. That was four weeks before he was found dead. To celebrate his youngest child’s birthday, she said Vasquez took his children to Knott’s Berry Farm on Sept. 23. “He was a kind-hearted person,” she said. “He was funny. He liked to joke around and laugh. He liked to go out and have a good time.” His family wants the mystery of his death solved. “I’m still looking for answers on how it happened. If anybody knows anything, just come forward,” she said. “He had a loving family. He had a lot of people who loved him.” Sica declined to discuss details of the case such as when Vasquez’s cell phone died. Vasquez recently served time in state prison for one count of possession of ammunition by an ex-felon, two counts of possession of a controlled substance and one count of bringing alcoholic beverages or drugs into prison or jail, according to California Department of Corrections records. He was paroled to Los Angeles County on April 21. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call detectives Gary Sica or Todd Anderson at the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“Anyone with information on the case, we’d love to talk to them,” said Detective Gary Sica of the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau. No motive or suspects are known so far, he said. Vasquez’s ex-wife said he borrowed his mother’s car Oct. 3 but didn’t say where he was going. It was rare for him to disappear, she said. “He always called his mom (to) say, `Mom, I’m OK.’ ” But he didn’t this time. She said calls to his cell phone went to voice mail instead. Then his phone was turned off. PICO RIVERA – A missing parolee whose body turned up in a locked car trunk was trying to get his life together, a relative said. Miguel Luis Vasquez Jr., 33, hung out more with his kids and was going to a trucking school, according to his ex-wife, who asked that she and her children not be named for their safety. “Who knows if it’s his friend or if they know me?” she said. “I just don’t know who it was.” Authorities on Friday also asked for the public’s help.