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VIDEO: Chatsworth Homicide Victim May Have Been Found in a Freezer

She fought for her life. Her body showed defensive wounds, police said.

A 32-year-old in a ramshackle Chatsworth bungalow was a homicide victim, and the man who called 911 has been arrested, police said Friday.

Patch received unconfirmed reports as early as Thursday evening that her body was found in a freezer. And Friday, an email to Patch from a woman claiming to be the victim's sister sought details about the body in a freezer. A police spokesman declined to verify the reports for Patch. Meanwhile, other media are now broadcasting similar stories.

The victim fought for her life. Police said the victim had defensive wounds on her body, but would not elaborate.

"We've talked to numerous individuals. We've gained a lot of physical evidence. And we've concluded that this is a homicide investigation," LAPD Devonshire Division Captain Kris Pitcher told reporters.

Meanwhile, cadaver dogs scoured the seven-acre rural property on the 19800 block of Old Santa Susana Pass Road, searching for more bodies. Police were suspicious because there were mounds of freshly turned dirt. The dogs failed to find anything.

"She was found deceased in one of the outbuildings," Pitcher said. "It is a bungalow type residence. There are many of those on the property."

"The man who called 911 is now the man who was detained and is now being arrested and will be charged with the murder," Pitcher said.

The woman claiming to be the victim's sister told Patch in an email that the victim had only been living with the suspect, a 70-year-old man, for about two weeks and that drugs were involved. She complained that her mother was not allowed to identify the body. However, police declined to release any additional information including the victim's name or that of the suspect.

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Charles Murray August 18, 2012 at 04:29 PM
That is a very tight-knit community, and as sure as I'm sitting here writing this comment, someone knows exactly what happened. There are too many nosey busybodies (including cough-cough a certain owner of a landscaping service) , who know every intimate detail about every tenant in those little houses on the ranch properties. The whole story will come out sooner or later, and meantime the rumors will abound. Charles M.
odafin August 19, 2012 at 05:49 PM
I hear the suspect's name is Burt something.
jon Tolos August 20, 2012 at 05:38 AM
Charles must be talking about Joe Mendoza. Joe is not some kind of criminal he talks to people all day long in his line of work. keep talking Joe I like all the crap that goes on around Chatsworth.
Amy August 22, 2012 at 05:55 PM
I know joe I see him all the time I would like to ask him wtf was going on thr!
Lynn W August 27, 2012 at 05:33 AM
So Charles Murray...it seems clear that you are implying that this "busy body" landscaper, knows who committted this murder and isn't telling. That is a VERY serious implication you are making, and quite slanderous. Why would you ever post something so damaging and unfounded on the internet? I wish that landscaper would choose to sue you for your comments. Sounds like you have some personal issues with this guy that maybe you should talk to someone about. YOU are the one spreading rumors by making such a ridiculous comment about someone who has absolutely nothing to do with this very sad murder, except for the fact that he lives in chatsworth, just as the victim did. Your comments focused all on him, and sadly, not for the victim, or her family, or the fact that they may not have caught the murderer and he or she may still be on the loose. Your small mind is not an asset to this tight knit community, in fact, your mentality is the type that divides people and will cease to allow you personal growth. That landscaper is ten times more honorable of a man than some ignorambus who would make such a ridiculous comment as you did.
Tina m August 30, 2012 at 03:59 AM
He talks to people all day so it cant be him????? Really Jon. How about coming into the real world. The man is a murderer and should get the needle. Im going to her memorial service tomorrow evening
Charles Murray August 30, 2012 at 05:08 PM
First of all, I did not use any names in my post whatsoever. I am not responsible for other peoples' comments, nor am I responsible for landscaping contractors, or others, who may (as blatantly evidenced by the other comments here), have commanded the public recognition as "busybody". I find it amusing that so many people hypothesized with one name in this case. Had I indeed used a name, AND had I accused that person of anything, AND had it been damaging to that person in some way, it would have been libel and not slander, just to clarify that. Slander is spoken; libel is written. The essence of my comment; all humor aside, is to allege that in the Chatsworth equestrian community, little goes on unwitnessed or unknown by someone out there, and I'm sure someone does indeed know more than has been told; whether they be someone at the butt of my humor, or anyone else. This was not my only comment on the subject of the murder, as there were several articles in The Patch under which I commented. My condolences to the family and friends were contained in my post under another story in The Patch. I have a dry sense of humor, and it is not intended to offend, and if it does, I graciously suggest that the offended reader familiarize her/himself with the "down" arrow on the keyboard, to bypass my comments as quickly as the finger shall allow.... After all, I would not want to read what an "ignorambus" has to say, even if they are superior spellers.
Saul Daniels September 12, 2012 at 11:21 PM
Steve, I'm forced to delete your comment because of objectionable language, not content. Feel free to post again in a more civil manner. Thanks.
STEVE September 12, 2012 at 11:26 PM
THERS SO MANY STORIES ABOUT LOCKED GATES TAKN 2 HOURS TO GET ONTO HIS PROPERTY DORIS WAS MURDEDER THAT NITE BY SOMEONE ON THAT PROPERTY THAT NITE and i GUESS THE POLICE DONT C ANYTHING SUSPICIOUS ABOUT A BODY IN A FREEZER AND IF ITS DETERMINED SHE ODED WHERE DID THE DRUGS GO WHO CLEANED OUT THE DRUGS AND MORE IMPORTANTLY WHO GAVE HER THE DRUGS SHE ODED ON ITS A KNOW FACTS THIS IS A PLACE THAT POEPLE PARTY AND NO DRUGS WERE FOUND MY SUGESTION IS TO DETAIN EVERY1 THERE THAT NITE AND GIVE THEM ..........LIE DETECTORSANY ONE WHO FAILS GET PUT IN A FREEZER

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