Found Body Positively Identified as that of Murder Victim

June 25, 2007


On June 1, 2007, Hollywood homicide detectives arrested David Mahler for the murder of an unidentified Caucasian woman at his residence on May 27, 2007. The victim, whose body had been removed from the crime scene, was later identified as Kristin Baldwin, 38.

On June 17, 2007, detectives were notified by the Coroner’s Division of the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department that human remains were found approximately four miles east of Barstow, California, on June 16, 2007. The body was discovered by two men who had stopped to assist a stranded motorist near the junction of the 15 and 40 Freeways. The remains were in a ditch. The men immediately notified authorities.

The Los Angeles County Coroner’s office was advised and subsequently took custody of the body. On June 25, 2007, the body was confirmed to be that of Kristin Baldwin. A city of residence has not yet been determined.

Questions may be directed to Hollywood Detectives Lieutenant Don Lehman at 213-972-2969.

Police Ask Public’s Help in Solving Hollywood Murder

Los Angeles: Hollywood Homicide Detectives are requesting the public’s assistance in identifying and locating the body of a woman who was murdered last month in Hollywood.

On Friday, June 1, 2007, at approximately 12:30 a.m., patrol officers responded to a call stating that a woman had been shot to death in a home at 8581 Cole Crest Drive, in Hollywood. When police arrived, they found several individuals at the location, all of whom were taken to Hollywood Police Station for questioning.

Detectives determined that a female victim was in fact shot to death at the residence on Sunday, May 27, 2007. One of the persons detained, David Mahler, 43, of Hollywood, was later booked for murder at Hollywood Station. He is being held without bail.

The identity and location of the victim are not known. She was Caucasian in her late thirties with blond hair, 5’4", 120 pounds, and wore black spandex bike shorts and a tank top of unknown color. Her first name may have been Chrissie.

Anyone with information is asked to call Hollywood Homicide Detectives at 213-972-2910 or 213-972-2915, during normal business hours. After hours and on weekends, phone the 24-hour toll free Detective Information Desk at 1-877-LAW-FULL (529-3855).

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