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Missing Santa Clarita man found dead from suicide in Las Vegas

July 1, 2011 |  9:27 am

Dusanklein Renataklein A missing Santa Clarita travel agent considered a person of interest in his wife’s asphyxiation death last month committed suicide on the outskirts of Las Vegas, officials said Friday.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's investigators said Dusan Klein, 59, of Santa Clarita, disappeared last month along with his wife and dog.

The body of his wife, Renata “Rennie” Klein, was found June 15 along a closed stretch of Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Road.

An autopsy determined she been “asphyxiated” and her death was ruled a homicide, said L.A. County Coroner Deputy Chief Ed Winter.

Dusan Klein’s truck was found Sunday with a dead dog inside behind a North Las Vegas bar.

On Thursday, hikers in a remote area outside Las Vegas found his body.

Nevada’s Clark County coroner’s office determined he had committed suicide and identified his remains using dental records.

Detectives say they were originally from the Czech Republic and went missing June 12 from their Canyon Country home.

After Renata Klein’s body was discovered, sheriff’s homicide detectives continued to search for her husband and called him a person of interest in his wife’s slaying.

The family’s 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee was discovered in 2700 block of E. Lake Mead Boulevard in North Las Vegas, about a mile north of the Las Vegas strip.

The Kleins’ Santa Clarita home was in foreclosure before their disappearance and investigators believe that may have been the motive for the slaying.

“The couple disappeared the day before they were due to be evicted from the home," said L.A. County Sheriff's Lt. Jon Corina.

When the family truck was discovered Sunday in Las Vegas, its license plate and VIN numbers had been removed, making it difficult to trace it back to the family.


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Photos: Dusan Klein, left, Renata Klein. Credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.