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Detective: Blood in Klein vehicle not human

Posted: June 30, 2011 12:03 p.m.
Updated: June 30, 2011 12:03 p.m.

Blood found in the car belonging to murdered Canyon Country resident Renata Klein and her missing husband, Dusan, is not human blood, a homicide detective confirmed today.

Sgt. Robert Martindale, lead investigator in the case for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, confirmed reports out of North Las Vegas that Dusan Klein's vehicle, found Sunday abandoned in a North Las Vegas strip mall parking lot, showed evidence of blood inside it.

"Blood was found in the vehicle but it is not human," he said today. He was unable to confirm reports the blood was from a dog.

The Kleins, both 59, were last seen at their Canyon Country home on Wildwind Road June 11. They owned a black-and-white cocker spaniel dog, Cindy.

They were reported missing shortly after that, along with their dog and their gold-colored 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Renata Klein's body was found June 15 in a remote section of the Angeles National Forest along an isolated stretch of Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Road that was closed to the public.

Animal shelters in California have been notified about the missing black-and-white cocker spaniel.

Forensic investigators in Los Angeles are still combing the couple's vehicle clues into the murder Renata Klein, Martindale said.

Detectives are still trying to find the woman's husband but said they don't know if he's a suspect or a victim.
Renata Klein died of asphyxiation, a coroner's spokesman said this week.



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