Suspect Arrested for Tarzana Murder, wife, in-laws missing


Tarzana:  The Los Angeles Police Department’s Valley Bureau Homicide have identified and arrested a suspect for murder, in connection to the unidentified female torso found in the area of Ventura Boulevard and Rubio Avenue.

On November 8, 2023, around 6:00 a.m., an individual looking through dumpster bins found a bag containing a woman’s torso, prompting the police to be called. Detectives responded and processed the crime scene. The identification of the torso is ongoing. The investigation provided detectives with information that led them to a residence in the 4100 block of Coldstream Terrace in the West Valley area.

The residence was forensically processed for evidence. Additionally, detectives discovered that the location was the family residence where the suspect lived with his wife, in-laws and three children. The children have been located and are been cared for by family members. However, Haskell’s wife and in-laws have not been located.

The suspect is identified as 35-year-old Samuel Haskell, a resident of Los Angeles, Booking No. 6709167. He is booked for 187 (a) PC-Murder and is currently being held on $2,000,000 bail.

Based on the nature of this incident, Robbery-Homicide Division (RHD) has assumed the investigation and is asking for the public’s assistance in locating 37-year-old Mei Li Haskell,
71-year-old Gaoshan Li, and 64-year-old Yanxiang Wang. Detectives are also looking for two missing vehicles (a white VW Tiguan, license 9ANC890, and a white 2014 Nissan Pathfinder, license 7FRM190).

Anyone with additional information is urged to contact the Los Angeles Police Department’s Robbery-Homicide Division, Homicide Special Section, at 213-486-6890. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to Lastly, tipsters may also download the “P3 Tips” mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.


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