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Newhall deaths may be murder-suicide, landlord says

October 16, 2012 |  8:23 am

A man and a woman whose bodies were found in a Newhall home may have been victims of a murder-suicide, their landlord told the Signal newspaper in the Santa Clarita Valley.

The bodies of the man and woman, thought to be in their 50s, were discovered inside a studio apartment of a rented home at Heritage Lane and Maple Street in Newhall on Monday, Lt. Tom Bryski of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station told the newspaper.

Landlord Leonard Miller found both bodies on the floor of the apartment located at the rear of his house, the Signal reported. He made the discovery, he said, when he visited the home about 3 p.m. to find out if his tenant was OK.

The last time he and neighbors say they saw the tenant was a week ago. Deputies said the bodies had been there a while.

“I rang the bell. There was no answer, so I went in, and he was right inside the door on the floor,” Miller told the Signal. “I hadn’t heard from him for a while, so I thought I’d check,” he said.

In the driveway of the home was a silver Mustang convertible that belonged to the tenant, according to Miller. A dune buggy was visible just inside the open garage.

Miller told the Signal the man moved into the studio apartment about 2-1/2 years ago. Last week, Miller said, he handed him an eviction notice.

“I don’t think the eviction had anything to do with it,” said Miller, a retired firefighter. “I believe they’re going to find it’s a murder-suicide.”

Bryski said it was “too early” to call the incident a murder-suicide.

“Only the homicide detectives can make that call,” he said.


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