I took all these pictures from my door way, one from my porch! Scary stuff!
So, my wife and I have just been interviewed by the Santa Maria police department about our neighbor’s death. Cops are standing guard outside, so we feel safe. They are, however, looking through the yard for a murder weapon. They were asking about who was going in and out of his home lately, about his work, and about our relationship (which was virtually non-existent). They suspect he was killed Saturday night, so they wanted to know our whereabouts. All I could say was that we had gone to Solvang, went to Neverland Ranch, and then spent the evening with the in-laws before returning home in the evening. We had no time-table to give, unfortunately. But we did not recall hearing any loud noises. I told the investigator that I sleep like a rock, so I heard nothing. I also added that I wish I were more nosy, so that I could’ve been more helpful. I also clued them into the fact that he had an assistant, which they apparently didn’t know. I had no name unfortunately, but I directed them to our more nosy neighbor, who might know.
The news crews were standing in our yard, doing their report. They left a short while ago.
Here’s the latest news:
updated 15 minutes ago
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Reported by: Sarah Spotten
Police are investigating what they say is a homicide in Santa Maria.
The Santa Maria Police Department says officers responded to a residence in the 800 block of East Orange just before 5:00 p.m. Monday to a report of an unresponsive subject. When they arrived, they found a 55-year-old man, the resident of the home, lying on the floor. Police say he had suffered apparent trauma. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police say because of the suspicious nature of the man’s death and because of the nature of his injuries, they are investigating the incident as a homicide.
The man’s name has not yet been released.
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Here’s another article online:
Police Investigate Body Found In Santa Maria
Posted: July 14, 2009 01:46 PM
Updated: July 14, 2009 06:33 PM
SANTA MARIA – Investigators have been collecting evidence at the apartment on the 800 block of East Orange St. where the suspected male victim was found dead early Monday evening.
Neighbors say they heard a gunshot early Monday morning.
Investigators collected drops of blood on the pavement outside the alleged victim’s apartment.
He was a handyman who turned his apartment into a workshop where he ran a sewing machine repair business.
Neighbors have seen people coming and going from the apartment, including a woman whom neighbors say was the alleged victim’s girlfriend.
SANTA MARIA POLICE DEPARTMENT PRESS RELEASE:
On July 13, 2009, at about 1653 hours, SMPD Officer responded to a report of an unresponsive subject found inside of his residence in the 800 block of E. Orange. The subject was located by a close friend, after numerous attempts to contact him were unsuccessful. Upon arrival, the Officers located a 55 year old white male lying on the floor with apparent trauma. He was pronounced dead at the scene by medical personnel. Due to the suspicious nature of the death, investigative personnel were called in to assume investigative responsibility.
After review of the crime scene, coupled with the nature of injury, this incident has been classified as a Homicide. Investigators are actively interviewing known friends and associates. At this time, no further information is available for release. As new information becomes available, updates will be sent out.
The name of the victim is being withheld, pending next of kin notification.
Name of Victim: WITHHELD Age: 55
City of Residence: Santa Maria
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