Decomposing Body Found in Forest is Identified as Man Allegedly Killed by Roommate

Cameron Lykins was arrested last month about 300 miles from the apartment where investigators found a bloody crime scene

A decomposing body found in Angeles National Forest has been identified as a man investigators believe was killed by his roommate, who was arrested last month hundreds of miles from the crime scene in Ventura County.

Cameron Lykins was arrested in May on suspicion of killing 22-year-old Houston Auer, even though no body had been found at the time. 

Ventura County sheriff's officials said deputies acting on a tip visited their home near Ojai and found "a bloody scene consistent with a homicide." Lykins was found about 300 miles away from the crime scene in the Owens Valley of Inyo County. 

Detectives found evidence in Lykins' pickup indicating it been used to transport a body, investigators said.

Auer's body was found Sunday. Authorities have not said how he was killed. There were no details on a possible motive 

Lykins remains jailed on $2 million bail. He is facing a count of second-degree murder. He has not entered a plea and a lawyer for the 23-year-old could not be found.

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