Written by AARON CASTREJON
REGION - The identity of a partially-decomposed body found deep in the Angeles National Forest was released Thursday as well as that of a suspect in a May 12 killing.
The body of Houston Alexander Auer, 22, was found by a patrolling game warden with the California Department of Fish & Wildlife Sunday June 23 in thick brush near Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Road and Colby Ranch Road, according to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department.
The body was identified as that of Auer, a murder victim of 23-year-old Cameron Scott Lykins. The two lived in the unincorporated community of Meiners Oaks. The murder occurred in the home the two shared in the 1100 block of Meyer Road, Ventura County investigators said.
Lykins took Auer’s body after killing him with a sledgehammer, drove it hundreds of miles to the San Gabriel Mountains and disposed of it, Ventura County investigators allege.
Lykins, who fled to Lone Pine in Inyo County where he was arrested, refused to tell investigators the location of Auer after he was arrested May 12.
“Detectives from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office were alerted to the investigation and worked with the Los Angeles County agencies to identify the victim as Houston Auer,” Ventura County investigators said.
Lykins is jailed at the Ventura County Pre-Trial Detention Facility on $2 million bail. His next scheduled court date is July 10.
Written by AARON CASTREJON
REGION - The California Department of Fish & Wildlife will relocate the bear and cub involved in a confrontation June 10 after determining the mother bear was defending her offspring.
The mother bear, referred to as a sow, was protecting her cub and not acting abnormally aggressive. The CDFW is in the process of releasing both the sow and cub back to suitable habitat near where they were captured, the CDFW announced Wednesday.
The dog of a resident in the 500 block of Hermosa Avenue allegedly attacked the bear cub Monday in the resident’s yard, prompting the sow to defend her cub. The resident kicked the sow after it injured the dog. The resident was scratched and bit on his legs, according to Interim Sierra Madre Police Chief Jim Hunt.
“CDFW biologists concluded the bear acted in defense of itself and its cub, which constitutes normal behavior,” the CDFW said.
The resident and dog are recovering from their injuries.
Both the sow and cub were tranquilized and removed from the scene. A DNA analysis taken from the man and the sow helped confirm the captured bear was the same involved in the confrontation, the CDFW said.
Scientists also confirmed the bear in the June 10 incident was not the same involved in an April 24 incident when an 84-year-old transient living in the Sierra Madre foothills was attacked.
“CDFW reminds Californians that much of the state is bear country, even Los Angeles County, one of the most populated counties in the United States,” the CDFW said.
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