Police Want To Question Grandson Of Murdered Glendale Couple
Police searching for the troubled grandson of a couple murdered in Glendale found the person of interest in a hospital recovering from a serious car crash.Glendale Police Department Sgt. Robert William told City News Service that Nathaniel Scheiern, the 34-year-old grandson of the slain couple, was involved in a single-car crash in outside of Glendale a few days ago. "The accident was pretty significant, although not life threatening," William said. Nathaniel is currently in a hospital, and police are waiting until he recovers before they interview him about the strange murders.
Authorities discovered the decomposing bodies of Nathaniel's grandparents, 77-year-old William Scheiern and 82-year-old Verna Scheiern, in their home located on the 600 block of Alexander Street on Sunday after receiving a 9:30 a.m. call from a relative who was concerned about not hearing from them, according to the L.A. Times.
Police are calling Nathaniel a person of interest because he was living with his grandparents, and was not home when their bodies were found, William told City News Service. Authorities contacted many family members who were able to lead them to Nathaniel, who turned out to be in a hospital. Family friend, Jim Stone, told KTLA that Nathaniel moved from Colorado to live with his grandparents in Glendale a year ago because he was "troubled."
Police have not released details about how the couple was killed, but believe they were murdered several days before they found their bodies, CBS Los Angeles reports. When authorities arrived at the home, they found that the door was slightly open with no forced entry, and that the home wasn't ransacked.
"We're pretty confident the victims were targeted, and that it's not a random act of violence," William told the Times.
A spokesperson for the Calvary Bible Church in Burbank, a church that the couple regularly attended, described them to KTLA as a "sweet, elderly couple."
Neighbors told CBS Los Angeles that they'd often hear Nathaniel arguing with his grandparents. Otherwise, he'd keep to himself. "I'd see him on occasion, at church and passing by, but he kind of like had his head down all the time, just very quiet," neighbor Tony Passarella said.
Police also said they found several ISIS terrorist videos posted on Nathaniel's Facebook page, and are now working with FBI's Counter-Terrorism Task Force on this case.