LOS ANGELES — Authorities in Los Angeles have made an arrest after a homeless man discovered human remains in a plastic bag while searching through a trash bin in the Encino area. The gruesome discovery, described as a headless woman’s torso, was found early Wednesday morning near the intersection of Ventura Boulevard and Rubio Avenue, according to officials from the Los Angeles Police Department.
During a news conference, LAPD revealed that video evidence at the scene led investigators to the suspect’s residence in Tarzana, located in the 4100 block of Coldstream Terrace. Inside the suspect’s home, identified as 35-year-old Samuel Haskell, bloody evidence was found. Haskell’s wife, her parents, and the couple’s three children also reside in the house, but the mother and grandparents are currently missing. The children were found safely at school.
The victim’s identity has not been released, and LAPD Detective Efren Gutierrez urged anyone with information about missing family members or loved ones to contact the Los Angeles Police Department. Haskell is currently being held at the Van Nuys Jail on a $2 million bail.
The discovery of the human remains has shocked the community of Encino, a neighborhood known for its affluence and tranquility. Residents are now grappling with the unsettling reality that such a gruesome crime could occur in their midst. The incident has raised concerns about safety and security in the area, prompting many to question the effectiveness of local law enforcement.
This incident serves as a stark reminder of the challenges faced by the homeless population in Los Angeles. With limited access to safe and sanitary living conditions, individuals experiencing homelessness often find themselves in vulnerable situations. The discovery of human remains in a trash bin highlights the urgent need for comprehensive solutions to address the homelessness crisis in the city.
Authorities are continuing their investigation into the case and are urging anyone with information to come forward. The LAPD can be reached at 877-527-3247. As the community awaits further updates, they hope for answers and justice for the victim and her family.