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Woman wanted in Palmdale killing captured in Belize, FBI says

January 26, 2012 |  9:29 pm

Lanell_barsockA woman wanted in connection with a slaying in Palmdale has been returned to the United States after being captured in Belize, the FBI said Thursday night.

Larene Eleanor Austin, 29, was apprehended without incident Wednesday in connection with the 2010 killing of Lanell Barsock, the FBI said.

Barsock's body was found in a garage by a friend in June 2010, according to the Los Angeles County coroner's office. She had a bag over her head and had been shot.

Austin allegedly tried to frame Barsock's boyfriend in the killing, but Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputies determined that Austin was the main suspect, authorities said.

Austin was found after authorities received a tip following an episode of "America's Most Wanted," which reported on the slaying in December. Police officers from Belize and FBI agents arrested Austin in the country's Toledo District.

Austin was flown to Houston, where she was turned over Thursday to homicide investigators from the Sheriff's Department.


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Photo: Lanell Barsock. Credit: Times Homicide Report