Camarillo man arrested after authorities find mother’s body in apartment dumpster

A 25-year-old Camarillo man has been arrested on suspicion of killing his mother and dumping her body in a dumpster at the apartment complex where they lived, Ventura County Sheriff’s officials said.

David Hoetzlein was arrested Friday on suspicion of killing his mother, Tomoko Hoetzlein, 62, Sheriff Captain Cameron Henderson said. The son and mother lived together in the same apartment, he said.

Deputies responded to a call around 6:50 a.m. about possible human remains found in a dumpster at the 300 block apartment complex of Townsite Promenade in Camarillo, Henderson said.

After the discovery, sheriff’s deputies served a search warrant at the apartment and detained David Hoetzlein, who was later arrested and booked in the Ventura County Remand Center in Ventura.

Neighbors said they occasionally saw Hoetzlein and her mother around the building, which is in an area they described as safe and quiet.

β€œHe lived here in the apartment complex and then barricaded himself in the apartment all day. They were able to get him out around 3:30 p.m.,” neighbor Kathy Kennedy told KTLA-TV.

Los Angeles Times

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