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81-year-old women found dead in Woodland Hills NR22221ah

Wooded hills: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Valley Homicide Bureau are asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect(s) responsible for the murder of Ok Ja Kim, an 81-year-old Korean woman from Woodland Hills.

On August 2, 2022, at 7:40 p.m., Topanga area patrol officers responded to a radio call of a “possibly corpse-related arson” on the 20800 block of Martha Street, Woodland Hills . Upon arrival, officers observed evidence of forced entry and possible burglary. Officers located the victim in his bedroom, lying on the floor, and half of his body under his bed. She was half charred, unconscious and not breathing. The Los Angeles Fire Department responded and pronounced him dead at the scene.

Robbery Homicide Division, Los Angeles Fire Department Arson and Operations Valley Bureau Homicide responded to the scene. Detectives have been told a family member attended the victim’s home, found her dead in her bedroom and saw evidence of a fire. His family member then called 911. Detectives are scouring the area for surveillance cameras, possible witnesses and other evidence. The exact cause of death at this time is unknown.

There is no suspicious information.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call Detective Steve Castro, Los Angeles Police Department, Valley Homicide Bureau, at (818) 374-1925. After 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 www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters can also visit www.lapdonline.org and click on “Anonymous Web Tips” under the “Get Involved-Crime Stoppers” menu to submit an online tip. Finally, tipsters can also download the “P3 Tips” mobile app and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.