SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say the body of a woman found inside a refrigerator in a Santa Ana garage last week had been there for over a year. The Orange County Register reports (http://bit.ly/22qeObm ) Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna says a couple who placed the body in the fridge told police the woman was Ricarda Reyes-Villalobos, a relative from Mexico under their care. They claimed they didn't report her death to authorities because of their immigration status.
The body was found Dec. 17 by a homeowner who had been cleaning the garage.The couple had been renting the garage before moving out in September. They told police they put the woman's body in the refrigerator when she died in August 2014. The Orange County coroner has not yet identified the body.
Homicide investigators were responding to a South Los Angeles apartment after a man's body was found inside a refrigerator on Tuesday, according to LAPD. Police were on scene where a body was found in a fridge in South L.A. on Nov. 10, 2015. Workers were inside an apartment building in the 600 block of West 57th Street when they found the dead body about 10 a.m., according to Officer Mike Lopez with the Los Angeles Police Department’s Media Relations Section.
The victim was a man in his 40s, according to LAPD South Bureau homicide Detective Chris Barling, who was at the scene. The gruesome find was made in an upstairs unit of a four-plex. There were no signs of forced entry or of a struggle in the home, from which a man had recently been evicted, authorities on scene said.
"There's no obvious signs of a gunshot wound or a stabbing, so we're still trying to determine what caused that death," Barling said. "It's suspicious enough that we're going to treat as a homicide investigation until further information comes to light to where we can really determine what caused his death."
The man who lived in the home had not been identified, nor had the victim. It was not clear if or how they were linked -- or if they were the same person. The body was discovered by workers who clear out homes where the residents have been evicted, Barling said.