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Corpse found in home

Check ends in gruesome discovery

Posted: August 1, 2008 8:47 p.m.
Updated: October 3, 2008 5:03 a.m.

Deputies arrived at the home at 28151 Tambora Drive after the woman's daughter, who lived on the East Coast, reported that she hadn't heard from her mother for several months, said Sgt. Paul Delhauer with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Homicide Bureau.

 

A home check quickly became a coroner's investigation Friday as sheriff's deputies found the badly decomposed body of a Canyon Country woman in her bedroom.

Deputies arrived at the home at 28151 Tambora Drive after the woman's daughter, who lives on the East Coast, reported that she hadn't heard from her mother for several months, said Sgt. Paul Delhauer with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Homicide Bureau.

While a formal identification awaited the coroner's investigation, Delhauer said the body was believed to be that of the 66-year-old resident.

The woman's son, who Delhauer said has mental problems, was taken in for a psychiatric evaluation Friday.

Beyond knowing that his mother was dead and covering her body with a blanket, Delhauer said, the man did nothing to report the death.

An exact date of death was not known.

With a history of several medical problems, the woman apparently died of natural causes.

"There's certainly no signs of foul play," Delhauer said.

Autopsy and toxicology reports were pending, and Delhauer said it could be weeks to months before there is an official determination of the cause of death.

When deputies arrived about 7 a.m. no one answered the front door, the sergeant said, but deputies found a way inside at the back of the house.

The home where the body was found is in stark contrast to the rest of the neighborhood. While most of the homes on the hilly street are freshly painted with well-manicured lawns, the house at 28151 Tambora

Drive is a sun-bleached shade of blue-gray, with dirty windows and a yard of golden-brown, overgrown grass.

A dusty Toyota sits in the driveway, with weeds bursting from cracks in the concrete.

Cathy Rogers, who lives next door, said she would often see the woman and her son walking down the sidewalk. Several neighbors had apparently had had run-ins with the woman, and most people on the street kept their distance, she said.

"I just can't believe it," she said about Friday's discovery. "I thought she was probably hospitalized."

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