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Charles John Samo
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, 69, was discovered strangled to death around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday in his condominium at 2522 W. MacArthur Blvd., Santa Ana.
He was found by his housekeeper, who'd come to check on him. An autopsy confirmed strangulation.
Orange County Register reports that Samo retired from the Office of the State Fire Marshal, but continued to run a consulting business out of his condo, where he lived alone despite being married.
The phone book lists a business called Safety Consulting and Engineering with the same address as the condominium.