Long Beach Teen Arrested in Burning SUV Death

The teen walked in to a police station to discuss the killing, police said

Saturday, May 4, 2013  |  Updated 10:22 AM PDT
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Long Beach Teen Arrested in Burning SUV Death

A white SUV appeared burned at the scene of a suspicious death investigation in Rancho Palos Verdes on April 23. A man was arrested in the murder of the victim, police said Friday, May 3, 2013.

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A 17-year-old Long Beach boy was arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the discovery of body that was found bound inside a burned SUV in Rancho Palos Verdes, a deputy said Friday.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department homicide detectives were dispatched to a home at 30100 Miraleste Drive at 2:30 p.m. on April 23, after the discovery of the body of Christopher Waters, a 42-year-old Long Beach resident, said Deputy Mark Pope of the Sheriff's Headquarters Bureau.

Waters' body was found with his feet bound and a cord wrapped around his neck, according to sheriff's Deputy Guillermina Saldana.

Four days after Waters' remains were discovered, a 17-year-old walked into the Long Beach Police Department headquarters and asked to talk to homicide detectives about the killing.

The boy, whose name was not released, was interviewed and sheriff's homicide detectives responded to the Long Beach police station.

Investigators determined that Waters was killed in Long Beach and his body was driven to Rancho Palos Verdes, where the SUV was set on fire.

Sheriff's homicide detectives arrested the 17-year-old and took him to Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall, where he was being held without bail. Murder charges have been filed against him by the District Attorney's Office, according to Saldana.

There was no word on why Waters was murdered, what relationship, if any, the suspect had to Waters or why the teen turned himself in.

Anyone with information on the killing was asked to call the sheriff's Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500 or Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS. All tips can be made anonymously.

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