Arrest Made 7 Months After Missing Woman's Body Found In Apartment Walls
Police have made an arrest in connection to the body of a missing woman found behind a wall in a Lomita apartment last summer. The body of Raven Campbell was discovered on July 2, 2015 in the Harbor Hills Housing Project, located in the 26800 block of Western Avenue in unincorporated Lomita. Campbell went missing in 2009 at age 31, and had last been known to reside at the very same housing project.
Police have arrested a suspect in connection with Campbell's death, according to a release from the L.A. County Sheriff's Department, and plan to talk further about the case at a news conference in downtown Los Angeles today at 4 p.m.
Campbell's remains were discovered within the walls of the apartment after someone called Campbell's sister after seeing a missing persons flyer. The caller said that Campbell's body might be buried in the walls of a closet in a downstairs apartment. Authorities investigated and used a pair of cadaver dogs to confirm there was something in the home. The family living there at the time was relocated, and authorities broke down the wall and located the remains. They were positively identified as Campbell's shortly thereafter.
Though Campbell's family indicated they believe she may have been buried in the walls for a long time, other residents of the housing project told KTLA that a neighbor had called deputies about a strange smell in the apartment shortly before the grisly discovery. L.A. County sheriff's Lt. Steve Jauch said at the time that he wasn't sure how long Campbell's body had been there.
Campbell was described by family members as a sweet and kind woman. She had a mental disability and bounced around between the homes of her relatives and an assisted-living facility, before finally settling into the housing project with a friend she met in high school. After that, family members said that Campbell had become distant.
Campbell's roommate alerted family members to her disappearance, telling them that Campbell had gone to the store but never returned. The roommate later dropped off all off Campbell's belongings, including a purse that family member stated Campbell was usually insistent she take with her at all times.