Police: South Pasadena Man Died of Natural Causes Before Being Burglarized

Coroner’s officials told police Sunday that Miguel Santamaria appeared to die of natural causes in his residence in the 1600 block of Amberwood Drive.

South Pasadena police are asking for the public’s help after a man who died in his residence was allegedly burglarized hours later.

Coroner’s officials told police Sunday that Miguel Santamaria appeared to die of natural causes in his residence in the 1600 block of Amberwood Drive.

He discovered, unresponsive and bloody, by a friend and pronounced dead by paramedics shortly after noon on May 21, according to the Pasadena Star-News.

Police are “currently operating under the theory” that Santamaria’s residence, which showed no signs of forced entry, was burglarized sometime after his death.

Santamaria’s vehicle – a green, four-door 2001 Honda Civic with California license plate 4PIM316 – wallet, cellphone, laptops and dogs were missing from the residence, police said.

The dog showed up at an animal shelter in Downey, but officials are unsure how it came to be there.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call Detective Bill Earley at 626-318-5552.

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