West Los Angeles: On April 14, 2001, at 3:40 P.M., the victim, identified as Herman Kleinhenz, was found dead inside his residence by his caretaker. Mr. Kleinhenz was 85 years old. He lived in the 9600 block of Cedar Ridge, West Los Angeles.
At first detectives believed the death might have been of natural cause. However, physical evidence found during the preliminary death investigation indicates Mr. Kleinhenz' death may have been in fact a homicide.
The motive for this crime has not been determined. There is no information regarding possible suspect(s).
Detectives from West Los Angeles Operations Support Division are conducting the investigation. Anyone with information that may assist in this investigation is urged to contact Detective Ron Phillips at 310-575-8408.
This Press Release was prepared by Officer Eduardo Funes, Media Relations Section, 213-485 3586.