Dad's body found, daughter arrested

May 20, 2008 8:17:53 AM PDT
Sheriff's deputies are investigating a mysterious death in Bellflower Tuesday morning after the body of an 85-year-old man was found buried under trash.Police responded to the 9800 block of Potter Street after a neighbor became suspicious because she hadn't seen her neighbor.

"I called the Lakewood Sheriff's Department and told them that I hadn't seen my neighbor in about three months, and I wanted them to confirm whether he was on vacation or he was missing, and police came out. They looked through the house and they went into the backyard and they found his body by the shed," said neighbor Christine Van Hofwegen.

The victim had lived at the house with his 58-year-old daughter for many years.

When deputies arrived, the daughter met them at the door and showed them around the house. They found nothing inside, but when they got to the backyard, they reportedly found the body under a pile of debris.

The daughter was arrested and faces murder charges.


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