Aspiring Model Found Dead in Santa Monica Apartment*
*Update, 3/20/08: There has been another apparent apartment murder in Santa Monica, this time a man in his 30s. However, police say there is no connection to Redding's assault. More info here.
Also, police are still waiting for Redding's autopsy results, but when finished, they will not be released to the public for another 30 to 60 days in lieu of a "security hold."
A mother's premonition can be strong and when Santa Monica resident Juliana Redding's mother called police after she hadn't heard from her for two days, Santa Monica officers found the 21-year-old aspiring model dead in her apartment. Santa Monica police Lieutenant Alex Padilla said it was unclear how long she was dead but did say it appeared that it was a result of an assault. After moving to the area, Redding appeared in a small movie called Kathy T Gives Good Hoover where she met her ex-boyfriend, Greg Cipes, an actor who has appeared in various primetime TV shows. Cipes told KNBC that when they broke up, she "seemed unhappy" and said that she would call him every so often saying that "she was lonely and scared being in her apartment." Redding began to work at a strip club on Sunset Blvd. when they began to drift apart.
Police are treating her death as a homicide. Redding's body was discovered at 6:10 p.m. on Sunday at her apartment on the 1600 block of Centinela Avenue,
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