Police said Wednesday the death of an 88-year-old man whose body was found in his home in Santa Monica on New Year’s Day has been ruled a homicide, and they asked anyone with information about the case or the victim’s next-of-kin to contact them.
John Hautz was found dead about 1 p.m. on Jan. 1 when officers responded to a call of a man who appeared to be unconscious inside his home in the 2300 block of 34th Street, according to Santa Monica police Lt. Saul Rodriguez.
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Officers who made entry into the home found suspicious circumstances, Rodriguez said, without elaborating.
“Following a medical examination by the Los Angeles County coroner’s office, the death has been classified as a homicide,” Rodriguez said. “The investigation is ongoing.”
Anyone with information about the case or Hautz’s next-of-kin, who may have been in contact with him, was urged to call police at (310) 458-8449.
Anonymous tips can be submitted through Crime Stoppers by calling (800) 222-TIPS.
–City News Service
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