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LAPD ends search in Studio City hills for man who fit description of Valley Village murder suspect

Los Angeles police said Friday afternoon that they had ended their search in the Fryman Canyon area for a man who fit the description of a 34-year-old parolee charged with fatally stabbing a Valley Village woman in a burglary.

For more than six hours, LAPD officers in helicopters, on horseback and in off-road vehicles combed the rugged hills and hiking trails for the man who a witness said looked like murder suspect Omar Armando Loera.

The search was concentrated in Wilacre Park and Fryman Canyon Park below Mulholland Drive. But officials were looking over a wide area between Laurel Canyon and Coldwater Canyons between Ventura Boulevard and Mulholland Drive.

Loera, who remains at large, has been charged in absentia with murder, burglary and arson as well as assault with a deadly weapon stemming from the July 24 slaying of 34-year-old Cheree Osmanhodzic.

The parolee gained early release from state prison in February after serving 23 months of a 32-month state prison sentence in connection with a 2008 armed robbery.

LAPD Lt. Alan Hamilton said that police were not able to locate the suspect Friday but that authorities would immediately respond to any reported sightings of Loera in Fryman Canyon or elsewhere. Friday's reported sighting was near Coldwater Canyon Drive and Mulholland Drive.

Hamilton urged people not to approach Loera if they see him but urged them to call 911.

Loera was identified as the suspect in the July slaying after DNA and other unspecified evidence found at the scene provided the needed break in the case.

Osmanhodzic's slaying stunned residents in Valley Village, where she had been shopping for a wedding dress with her mother and fiance, Adam Culvey, the day of the killing.

After running an errand, Culvey told police, he returned to the couple's home, put his key in the door and began to push it open. He felt resistance. Moments later, he confronted a stranger, who ran out and sprinted down the block.

Culvey said he chased the intruder then walked back to his residence to find that it was on fire. Inside, firefighters discovered Osmanhodzic, dead on the bedroom floor from multiple stab wounds.

-- Andrew Blankstein

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Ok, and whats with using infrared or heat-seeking devices to continue the search at night??? If this guy had killed a cop, the place would be swarming with police.

Again, LAPD with its double standard. Them - Us!! Enough already!!

@Cosmo Kramer

dont be stupid. its 90+ degrees outside ambient heat. the human body is 97-99 degrees. if they had employed infrared devices all they would have seen would have been a massive reddish white blob. stop bad mouthing the police, they do the best they can, considering the fact that the state is currently buried in debt.

Adam Smith - if that is your real name - you obviously don’t know what the night vision technology can do. It is used in desert settings - at night the temps do drop - why would you comment on something you know nothing about.
And yes considering the number of eye witnesses they should be using a broader range of tactics - but our local cops have been put on “ticket patrol” .....told to write as many tickets as possible to raise money …..
Cops fighting bad guys is something they are not allowed to do anymore -in fact most cops who took that as a reason for joining have left - those that remain write tickets......thanks to the our liberal courts, lawyers and anti-immigration reform advocates and others who work together to let these killers back on the streets. He just got out of prison under a year ago for a violent crime and seems to be able to get in and out of Mexico – Great!!!!! Please all you libs – invite these guys violent illegal’s over to your neighborhood – I live in Fryman canyon and I am a gun owner THANK GOD

Yes, i agree, the police would be doing more at night if it were a cop!,,,,After alll, they have TWO sitings matching and consistant with the what the police dept has been looking for!....Seems to me they are close and this guy might get away! He is such a scumbag and I cant wait to see this guy get the death penalty! ...Much love and prayers to Adam,Gail, Brandon, and all family and friends of Cheree...

Weird how LAPD put so many resources to work yesterday and then just left, as it started to get dark. There is zero police presence in Studio City today.

DEPORT NOW!! ALL Illegals need to get out and go back to their own countries!! get back in line and do it the LEGAL way!! this creep was in our prisons for 2 yrs!! and we fed and clothed the worthless bastard!! and we let him back on our streets w/out checking his legal status???!!!! and now, this girl is Dead!!! OMG!!!! We are fricking insane!!! This poor family!!! Get them all out now!! No more welfare, no more here ya' go ya' poor little thing, take whatever you want!!! I hate this situation!!! and we have our stupid politicians to blame!! Villaraigosa's a scumbucket and should also go back to his Illegal parents' country!! frickin' anchor brat!! How many more Cheree's will there have to be before we wake up and smell the coffee??!!!

We are worried about terrorism half way around the world but sure don't do a good job in our own country. This was a terriost act. This is a huge crime against society because we don't handle criminals the right way we let illegals in easy and we just don't care. This is such a senseless crime that will be repeated because these thugs have to steal from time to time and they really don't care because prison is a home where they are provided for.
I don't know the whole story but it seems like the man search sure ended quickly, does this send a message to the criminal?


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