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Elderly suspect in wife’s slaying may have suffered dementia

Authorities are continuing to investigate the case of a 72-year-old man living in a Montebello senior citizen living center who was arrested on suspicion of fatally strangling his wife and then trying to kill himself.

Family members discovered the man and his wife about 11 a.m. in their apartment in the 2000 block of West Whittier Boulevard, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.

There were no witnesses to the incident, but it was being investigated as a domestic-violence slaying, the department said in a statement.

Some said the man may have been suffering from dementia.

"He would forget stuff all the time," friend Mary Delgado told KTLA News. "She always took care of him."

Sheriff's officials could not immediately confirm that the man had mental problems, but said it would part of their investigation.

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