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'Person of interest' sought in woman's death in Laguna Hills

September 1, 2012 |  9:33 pm

Orange County sheriff’s deputies are searching for a “person of interest” following the suspicious death of a 23-year-old woman in Laguna Hills on Saturday.

Responding at about 10:30 a.m. to a distress call from a home in the 22200 block of Caminito Tasquillo, sheriff’s deputies found the homeowner trying to revive the young woman, said Orange County sheriff's Capt. Steve Doan. Those attempts were futile, however, and paramedics pronounced the woman dead at the scene. 

Doan said investigators have determined that the woman did not die of natural causes. He said he could not elaborate.

Deputies are now trying to locate Derek Pinski, 25, who had been at the home, according to Doan.  Pinski is considered  “a person of interest, but not a suspect,” he added.  

Authorities in Arizona have been alerted to be on the lookout for Pinski because investigators have developed leads indicating he may have fled to Mesa, Doan said. He wouldn’t say what relationship, if any, Pinski had with the deceased woman, whose identity had not been firmly established by Saturday evening.

Pinski is described as white, 6 foot, with a thin build, brown hair and brown eyes. He is believed to be driving a black 1999 Honda Accord sedan. Anyone with information on his whereabouts should call the Orange County Sheriff's Department, Doan said.


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