Buried body found in backyard
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—A body was found buried in the back yard of a residence in the Lennox area today, and detectives sought a person of interest in connection with the case.
Homicide detectives were sent to the dilapidated property near 112th Street and Inglewood Avenue last night after a woman told them a body was buried there, said sheriff's Lt. Don Slawson.
Investigators want to talk to the woman's boyfriend, identified as Marcos Lomeli, according to broadcast reports.
The gender and age of the dead person were not immediately known, Assistant Chief Ed Winter of the coroner's office said.
The owner of the long-neglected house was reported missing in December, authorities said.
TORRANCE, Calif.—The getaway driver in a deadly 2009 shooting in unincorporated Lennox was sentenced today to 50 years to life in state prison.
Helen Spry, 25—along with her co-defendants, gang members DeAndre Riser and Olton Drake—were convicted of one count of first-degree murder and eight counts of attempted murder for the April 29, 2009, shooting in the 10800 block of Inglewood Avenue that killed Amador Cendejas-Cortes, 59, and wounded five other people.
INGLEWOOD, Calif.—A 2-year-old girl who had been staying with family members near Inglewood because her mother is behind bars may have died from physical injuries, the sheriff's department reported today.
Erica Johnson, who lived in the unincorporated Westmont area, "died under suspicious circumstances,'' according to the sheriff's department and coroner.
Deputies went to a home in the 10600 block of Cimarron Street on Wednesday on a call that a child was not breathing, said sheriff's Sgt. Diane Hecht of the Sheriff's Headquarters Bureau.
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LANCASTER, Calif.—Sheriff's deputies confirmed that firefighters found the body of a woman inside a two-story home in the Quartz Hill section of Lancaster after a fire brought under control.
The fire was reported at 5:15 p.m. Sunday in the 42000 block of 56th Street West, Supervisor Michael Pittman of the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.
The blaze was under control by 5:26 p.m.
The victim was pronounced dead at the scene, said the Sheriff's Headquarters Bureau.