Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

This is an archival story that predates current editorial management.

This archival content was written, edited, and published prior to LAist's acquisition by its current owner, Southern California Public Radio ("SCPR"). Content, such as language choice and subject matter, in archival articles therefore may not align with SCPR's current editorial standards. To learn more about those standards and why we make this distinction, please click here.

News

Search for Murder Suspect around Hiking Trails in Studio City Turns up Empty

Before you read more...
Dear reader, we're asking you to help us keep local news available for all. Your tax-deductible financial support keeps our stories free to read, instead of hidden behind paywalls. We believe when reliable local reporting is widely available, the entire community benefits. Thank you for investing in your neighborhood.

loera-suspect-lapd.jpg
Loera (LAPD)


Loera (LAPD)
Police yesterday and today searched hiking trails around Studio City for a murder suspect that has eluded police since July. The LAPD earlier this week released the photo of 34-year-old parolee Omar Armando Loera, who they believe killed a woman in Valley Village before burning the house down. Based on that photo, a hiker -- some media reports has said it was a city employee -- saw someone that looked like Loera and reported it to police, according to Officer Gregory Baek.

Police yesterday and today searched three parks known for hiking in Studio City: Wilacre, Fryman, which includes the Rain Forest Trail, and TreePeople's Coldwater Canyon. Sgt. William Mann of the North Hollywood Division explained they made a concerted effort to find Loera.

A search may or may not continue on Saturday, but if they do, the media will be notified, added Baek. A search of the nearby Franklin Canyon Park was not conducted. The area also has a handful of dense open space park without official trails, but are still open to the public.