Suspicious Arson Homicide Investigation in Devonshire Area

August 9, 2001

Panorama City: On Thursday, August 9, 2001, at approximately 5:00 a.m., Devonshire Area officers responded to 9510 Van Nuys Boulevard on the report of a death investigation at the scene of a fire. Upon arrival, the officers met with Los Angeles Fire Department Arson Investigators. A 49-year-old female Caucasian was found dead inside of her apartment in the living room. The precise cause of her death has not been determined. Members of the Devonshire Homicide Unit of the Los Angeles Police Department and the Arson Unit of the Los Angeles Fire Department are conducting the investigation of this incident.

The identity of the victim is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Devonshire Homicide Detectives John Fleming or Orlando Martinez at 818-756-8291.

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