UPDATE: They have found Sammy Herr's head (details after the jump) . . .
Samuel Eliezer Herr's father went to his 26-year-old son's apartment in Costa Mesa Saturday night to check on him.
Instead of finding his son, dad found a deceased woman in the fourth-floor, one-bedroom unit at the Camden Martinique Apartments, 2800 Pinecreek Drive.
Because Herr was no where to be found, he was originally considered the prime suspect in the murder of Juri Julie Kibuishi, 23, of Irvine. Now he is considered the second murder victim of the man who has been arrested for Kibuishi's slaying.
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Actually, Herr was killed before Kibuishi, according to police.
Officers summoned by Herr's father arrived at Camden Martinique just before 9:30 p.m. Saturday and discovered Kibuishi had not only been shot once in the head with a shotgun, but she apparently had been sexually assaulted. Her clothing had been removed.
Text messages were found between Kibuishi and Herr's cell phones that showed Kibuishi voluntarily went to the apartment. Because Herr and his white Pontiac were no where to be found, police originally identified him as the prime suspect in Kibuishi's murder.
Herr, who lived alone in the apartment, was originally identified as a friend of Kibuishi. The apartment where she took her last breath is across from Orange Coast College, where there are three different apartment complexes.
Detectives learned that ATM withdrawals were being made with Herr's debit card at various locations in Long Beach.
After conducting surveillance, a 17-year-old was arrested. Under questioning, the unidentified juvenile spilled that he had been given the card and was directed to withdraw money by Daniel Patrick Wozniak, 27, of Costa Mesa.
Wozniak was arrested Wednesday at a restaurant in Huntington Beach. At the time, he was still believed to be an accessory and Herr remained the prime suspect. However, based on additional investigation, this is what police say happened to Herr:
- At about 1 p.m. last Friday, May 21, Wozniak and Herr drove to the Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base, where Wozniak allegedly shot and killed Herr in the base's theater facility.
- Wozniak is then accused of having dismembered Herr by removing his head, left arm, and right hand. Dismembered body parts were spread around El Dorado Park in Long Beach.
- Based on the new information, Costa Mesa police searched the Los Alamitos base and El Dorado Park with the help of the FBI and the Long Beach Police Department. Herr's torso was found at the base, but the search is still on for other body parts at the park.
UPDATE: This is a message one normally does not find in their email inbox Saturday morning. It's from the Costa Mesa Police Department:
"Dan Wozniak's Guido is superb," Beers wrote. "Though his character should be an unlikable pig--he's self-obsessed, egotistical and a liar who uses women as checkers pieces--Wozniak somehow manages to make Guido eminently likeable and even sympathetic. This is a man absolutely into himself--both his virtues and his flaws. And Wozniak captures the angst of a man staring into the abyss of his own being and seeing his own frailty."
"Oh my God," Beers said of discovering the actor he praised is now a double-murder suspect, "this is scary."
Other than confirming Wozniak appeared in the Hunger Artists' most recent production that ended Sunday, the troupe would have no comment, according to managing director Anthony Galleran.
Wozniak was on stage for the 8 p.m. performances Friday and Saturday, May 21-22, the days police gave for the murders of Herr and Kibuishi respectively.
Chillingly, Wozniak posted the following on his Facebook page May 20:
"Last chance to see me and Rachel in "Nine" at the Hunger Artists! Hope to see you all there - for those who have come...Thank You! It was amazing seeing you all! Have a good one everyone!"
Wozniak was scheduled to get married Saturday, the Orange County Register reports.
May 22 was the last date he logged onto his MySpace, which informs he is a Christian, belongs to the Independence Party of America, works for 20/20 Companies in Long Beach ("Smile, Sell, Train, and Have Fun") and attended Golden West College and Los Alamitos High School.
Whether Wozniak is guilty or innocent of the charges against him, the title of his favorite television show seems to sum up his current predicament: Lost.
Today's media advisory from the Orange County District Attorney's Office:
May 28, 2010
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WHO: Daniel Patrick Wozniak, 26, Costa Mesa
WHAT: Has been charged with two felony counts of special circumstances murder of Samuel Herr and Juri Kibuishi. The special circumstance sentencing enhancements include multiple murders, murder for financial gain, and the personal discharge of a firearm causing death. If convicted, Wozniak faces a minimum sentence of life in state prison without the possibility of parole.
Wozniak is being held without bail. He is currently being treated at Western Medical Center for undisclosed injuries and an arraignment date and time are to be determined. The Orange County District Attorney's Office (OCDA) will release a media advisory at a later time with the arraignment details.
This case is being investigated by the Costa Mesa Police Department with assistance from the OCDA, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Long Beach Police Department, Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base, Orange County Coroner's Office, Los Angeles Coroner's Office, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, and Ventura County Sheriff's Department.