Guinness record holder for shoes killed in Calif.

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Associated Press

Posted on July 24, 2013 at 8:03 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 24 at 8:05 AM

MENIFEE, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California woman who held a Guinness World Record for collecting shoe-related items has been found dead in her pool, and her former boyfriend has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise (http://bit.ly/13b6kUz ) reports 58-year-old Darlene Flynn was found dead at her Menifee home on Monday. She had suffered blunt-force injuries.

Sheriff's deputies answering a report of an argument found her body in the backyard pool and saw a shirtless man run from the property.

Twenty-nine-year-old Justin Smith was later arrested near a highway. He remains in jail Wednesday.

Acquaintances tell the Press-Enterprise the couple had frequent arguments and had broken up.

The Guinness Book of World Records says Flynn had nearly 15,000 shoe-related items, including shoe-shaped furniture, lamps and jewelry.

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Online:

Guinness entry: http://bit.ly/168HOFJ

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Information from: The Press-Enterprise, http://www.pe.com

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