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News Release

Monday, January 14, 2002

Media Relations

Elderly Man Found Dead in His Apartment


Van Nuys: On Monday, January 14, 2002, at approximately 2:15 p.m., Van Nuys patrol officers responded to a radio call of a dead body at 14345 Friar Street #201. Upon arrival at the location, officers found the victim, a male White, 63 years old, resident of the Van Nuys area, beaten to death from blunt force trauma to the upper torso. It appears that the victim had been dead for a few days prior to the discovery. He was found by an ex-roommate who went to the location to make a welfare check on him. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene by responding Los Angeles Fire Department Paramedics.

The victim's name is not available pending notification of next of kin. No motive for the murder has been established and no witnesses to the incident have been found. Anyone with information should contact the Van Nuys Homicide Unit at 818-756-8377 during business hours. On weekends and during off-hours, call the 24-hour toll free number at Detective Information Desk at 1-877-LAWFULL (1-877-529-3855).

This press release was prepared by Public Information Officer Jason Lee, Media Relations Section, 213-485-3586.

***UPDATE: 01-15-02***

Homicide press conference

January 15, 2002, AT 1:00 P.M.

Crime location (14345 Friar Street) in the city of Van Nuys

Van Nuys Homicide Detectives, Spanish speaker will be available

Purpose of this press conference is to identify the suspect, and locate next of kin of the victim. Photos of the suspect and the victim will be available at the press conference.

This press release was prepared by Public Information Officer Nadine Hernandez, Media Relations Section, 213-485-3586.