A retired Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department sergeant was found dead in a freezer Sunday after police said her family hadn’t been able to reach her for months.
The Riverside Police Department was called Sunday morning to enact a wellness take a look at on an 87-year-traditional woman at her home in the city, which is about 50 miles east of Los Angeles, police officer Javier Cabrera said.
Cabrera said family participants contacted police about the woman, who the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department identified as Miriam Travis, a 27-year veteran of the department, after not hearing from her for months.
When officers arrived at her home, they talked with one among her daughters, 64, who had been living in the location. But something felt off, Cabrera said.
“Our officers noticed a lot of inconsistencies with what she was saying,” he said. “Something wasn’t adding up.”
Police searched the home and found a stand-up freezer in the garage. Inside, authorities found Travis’ body. Cabrera said it be unclear how lengthy her body was in the freezer or how she died. An autopsy, which may well provide her cause and manner of death, is pending.
The autopsy will determine what kind, if any, of charges would be brought, he added.
The daughter was detained and wondered at the Riverside Police Department but was later released. Cabrera said she was not understanding of a suspect at the moment but is a individual of interest in the case.
“You hear about cases fancy this, but in my 19 years, I haven’t personally seen one fancy it,” Cabrera said. “Regardless of the circumstances, it be tragic.”
Travis’ husband died in 1992, after which she all of sudden changed the locks on the home and carve back off contact with her extended family, said a relative, Kerri Nickell of Oklahoma.
“It was fancy that is my grandmother one day, and then we never heard from her again,” Nickell informed the Press-Enterprise. She described Travis and her daughter as “kind of hermits.”
Cedric Valentin, 63, a landscaper who said he knew Travis, said he last saw her alive four months ago, the paper reported.
The Riverside police department didn’t officially release the identity of the woman but the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s place of job confirmed her death and years of provider at the department.
Travis worked at the department from 1963 till her retirement in 1990, handling a variety of roles from working with juveniles, helping in an administrative research unit and ending her career as a assassinate unit — a position the Sheriff’s place of job said she held for 11 years.
“Our hearts are broken by this information and all the LASD family mourns her loss,” Los Angeles Sheriff Alex Villanueva said in a statement.
Contributing: The Associated Press