PALMDALE – Sheriff’s homicide detectives responded to the Sierra View Gardens Senior Living Complex in Palmdale Sunday morning where a bludgeoned body was found inside one of the units, authorities said.
The incident was reported around 8:23 a.m., Dec. 8. The complex is located in the 37800 Block of 20th Street East in Palmdale.
“The investigation is unfolding and at this point we’re conducting a crime scene investigation,” said Lead Detective Luis Nunez of the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau.
Nunez said detectives suspect foul play because the body appeared to be beaten, and detectives found “a broken window and blood on the door.”
No identifying information is being released for the victim at this point, Nunez said.
“We do have a person deceased inside the location, and because the person lived alone, at this point, we don’t know the identity of the individual. That’s still pending,” Nunez said.
Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau at 323-890-5500.
UPDATED 12/8/13 @8:30 pm: Authorities said the victim is a Hispanic male in his 60s, and he suffered from blunt force trauma to his upper torso. They are still withholding his name until next of kin has been notified. According to an updated press release from homicide detectives:
“Deputies received a call for service to check on the welfare of the resident… Upon arrival, deputies saw a broken window. They knocked on the door several times and did not get a response. They forced entry into the location and observed the victim suffered from blunt force trauma to his upper torso. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Detectives were unable to locate any witnesses. There is no additional information available at this time.”
UPDATED 12/11/13: The victim has been identified as 62-year-old Palmdale resident Buenaventura Ramos Nolasco, according to the Los Angeles County Coroners Office.