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News Release

Friday, February 4, 2005

Media Relations

Woman Found Dead, Suspicious Circumstances


Los Angeles: On Thursday, February 3, 2005, at approximately 4:18 p.m., Northeast patrol officers were dispatched to the 4500 block of Prospect Avenue for a "Death Investigation."

Earlier in the day the apartment manager was notified of a smoke alarm activation in one of the apartment units. The manager noticed the resident's vehicle was in the carport. After futile attempts to get the resident to open the door he let himself in. Once inside, the lifeless body of 62-year-old Norlyn Katzen was discovered.

Los Angeles City Fire Department was dispatched to Ms. Katzen's apartment and they pronounced her dead.

Northeast Homicide detectives are investigating this death as a homicide. The cause of death has not been determined and an autopsy is pending.

Anyone with information regarding this crime can contact Northeast Area Homicide Detectives J. Carillo or Rivera at 213-485-2566. On weekends or during off-hours, call the toll-free, 24-hour number at the Detective Information Desk, 1-877-LAWFULL (1-877-529-3855).

This news release was prepared by the Los Angeles Police Department's Media Relations Section. For questions please call 213-485-3586.