Update: A 65-year-old man was behind bars today on suspicion of murder in connection with the discovery of skeletal remains in a Santa Ana backyard, police said.
Larry Thomas Dominguez was booked late last night or early today on suspicion of murder, Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said.
Dominguez was arrested based on the evidence found in his former backyard at 2541 N. Hesperian St. and the statements he made to detectives who
questioned him Sunday, Bertagna said.
Original Story: An forensic anthropologist was overseeing the excavation of skeletal remains in a Santa Ana backyard today.
One of the owners of the home at 2541 North Hesperian St. was working with a motorized excavator when he found a human skull and other bones Sunday afternoon, Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said.
“The first step is to remove the bones they’ve located and determine if they need to go any further,” Bertagna said.
Another home at the same site burned to the ground Dec. 9, 2006, and fire investigators were questioning the previous owner about the bones, Bertanga said, adding that he lives in a mobile home on Fifth Street in Santa Ana.
During the 2006 fire, a neighbor from across the street ran over and helped the owner, who was nude at the time, get to safety, the Orange County Register reported.
The man was described by a neighbor as a “pack rat,” because he collected things most people would throw away.
Stacks of newspaper were seen burning in the backyard at the time.