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Suspect is arrested in Lennox backyard body case

February 16, 2011 |  6:57 pm

A suspect has been taken into custody in connection with the death of a man whose body was found buried in the backyard at a Lennox house, authorities said Wednesday night.

Marcos Lomeli, 26, was apprehended Wednesday afternoon at a motel in the 4300 block of Rosemead Boulevard in Pico Rivera after detectives pursued leads developed in the case, said Capt. Mike Parker of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Deputies surrounded the motel about 2 p.m while a sheriff's SWAT team negotiated with Lomeli, who surrendered peacefully about 30 minutes later, Parker said.

Earlier in the day, investigators were digging for a second body that may be buried at the house on West 112th street but stopped their search because of the rain.

A team of coroner's investigators began digging in the backyard Tuesday morning after receiving a report that a body may have been buried there. The body of an adult male was recovered, said Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter.

Investigators said the body appears to be that of James Stein, 53, who owns the house. Stein was reported missing in mid-December. His wife, Gabriela, was reported missing in January, according to investigators.

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