Two 'Significantly Decomposed' Bodies Found In House
Police found the decomposing bodies of two people in a Hacienda Heights home yesterday and are now looking for the victim's missing car.
Police responded to a home in the 16600 block of Carriage Place in Hacienda Heights yesterday at about 5:30 p.m. to check on 84-year-old woman who owned the home after neighbors reported an odor coming from the house and said they hadn't seen her in a week, KTLA reports. Officers noticed a foul smell coming from inside the house as soon as they arrived. They forced their way inside where they found two significantly decomposed bodies. One is believed to belonged to the homeowner, while the other—an unidentified man—was found in a different room.
Authorities believe both were assaulted, though the cause of death has yet to be revealed, and their identifies have not yet been released.
"I can't give a positive ID on either one [of the bodies] because of the condition of the bodies. Looks like they have been there for a while," Lt. John Corina of the L.A. County Sheriff's Department said.
Police say it doesn't look like anyone forced their way inside the home, and that someone tried to clean up the home following the alleged murders.
The woman's son, described as a man in his 50s, reportedly lived in the home with her, but was not home at the time because he has been in jail for elder abuse for the past month, according to NBC Los Angeles.
Neighbors say that the woman was often confused and may have had dementia, and that a number of people were often seeing coming and going from the home with her son, CBS LA reports. A neighbor told KTLA that the crime was "shocking" for the neighborhood.
Investigators also believe that someone stole the victim's car, a 2001 beige Toyota Camry, license plate 7LXV190. They're currently looking for this car, hoping it leads to more information.
Anyone with information should contact the Sheriff's Department's Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500.