The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) announced on Wednesday that the remains of Carlos DeLeon, a 35-year-old Guatemalan national who had been missing since June, were discovered buried in the backyard of a residence in North Hills, California. DeLeon’s family had not heard from him since mid-June, prompting the LAPD’s involvement in the search earlier this month.
The LAPD, in collaboration with the Los Angeles Fire Department Search and Rescue and the LA Coroner’s Office, conducted a missing person investigation that ultimately turned into a homicide case. The authorities removed a structure and a concrete foundation from the rear of the property, where DeLeon’s remains were found.
Russell Robinson, a 48-year-old resident of the North Hills residence, has been arrested and charged with murder in connection with DeLeon’s death. LAPD Deputy Chief Alan Hamilton stated that the property where the remains were discovered is approximately an acre in size, with recent alterations in the area near the swimming pool leading investigators to believe it may have been involved.
The LAPD detectives are actively working to apprehend the suspect and bring justice to the victim and their family.