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UPDATE: 2 bodies found inside Newhall home

Posted: October 15, 2012 5:31 p.m.
Updated: October 15, 2012 7:16 p.m.

Sheriff's deputies work a scene where two bodies were found at a home at Heritage Lane and Maple Street in Newhall on Monday. (Jonathan Pobre/The Signal)

Two bodies were found in a Newhall home today, sparking speculation they may have been the victims of a murder-suicide, according to the man who found the bodies and phoned the Sheriff’s Department.

The bodies of a man and a woman were discovered inside a studio apartment of a rented home at Heritage Lane and Maple Street in Newhall mid-afternoon Monday, said Lt. Tom Bryski of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.
The two victims were estimated to be in their 50s, Bryski said.

About 3 p.m., landlord Leonard Miller found both bodies on the floor of the apartment located at the rear of his house. He made the discovery, he said, when he visited the home to find out if his tenant was OK.

The last time he and neighbors say they saw the tenant was a week ago.

Deputies said the bodies had been there a while.

“I rang the bell. There was no answer, so I went in, and he was right inside the door on the floor,” Miller told The Signal.

“I hadn’t heard from him for a while, so I thought I’d check,” he said.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department homicide detectives were called to the scene, and deputies with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station roped off an area around the garage and the driveway close to a side entrance of the home.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department homicide detectives and a coroner’s investigator were called to the scene.

In the driveway of the home was a silver-colored Mustang convertible that belonged to the tenant, according to Miller.

A dune buggy was visible just inside the open garage.

Although Miller identified his tenant, official identification can be provided only by the coroner’s office.
According to Miller, the man moved into the studio apartment about two and half years ago.

Last week, Miller said, he handed him an eviction notice.

“I don’t think the eviction had anything to do with it,” said Miller, a retired firefighter. “I believe they’re going to find it’s a murder-suicide.”

Bryski said it was “too early” to call the incident a murder-suicide.

“Only the homicide detectives can make that call,” he said.

Miller said he knew his tenant’s girlfriend only by her first name, Christine.

“He was incredibly, crazy, jealous of her,” he said.

Neighbors across the street from the Miller house said the tenant kept to himself.

“He was very, very thin,” said a woman who identified herself only as Wendy, who watched deputies rope off an area in front of her home with yellow tape.

“I was just say, ‘Hi.” He was a nice guy,” she said. “He was home a lot.”






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