UPDATE (12/14/16) - SUSPECT ARRESTED; MURDER CHARGES FILED
On Wednesday, December 14, 2016, Long Beach Police Homicide detectives filed murder charges against a suspect wanted in connection with the murder of a 29- year-old woman identified as Samantha Lang of Signal Hill.
When officers located Victim Lang’s vehicle on December 5, 2016, it had been found abandoned and vandalized at the bottom of the flood control basin near the 1000 block of W. Carson Street. Her body was later located when officers returned to the area and conducted an extensive search.
During the course of their investigation, detectives obtained information that led them to the victim’s ex-boyfriend, identified as 41-year-old Justin James Johnson of Signal Hill. Suspect Johnson was arrested by L.B.P.D. detectives on 12/9/16 in the City of Los Angeles.
Today, detectives presented their case to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, who filed one count of murder against Johnson. He was arraigned this afternoon in Long Beach Superior Court, and will be subsequently held at LA County Men’s Jail without bail.
ORIGINAL NEWS RELEASE (12/6/16)
On December 5, 2016, at approximately 10:35 am, officers were dispatched to the 1000 block of W. Carson St. regarding a suspicious vehicle in a flood control basin adjacent to the LA River.
Further investigation by officers led to the incident be handled as a critical missing when the registered owner of the vehicle could not be located.
During the critical missing investigation officers returned to the 1000 block of W. Carson St. to conduct a thorough search of the area and at approximately 1:30 am on December 6, 2016, officers found the body of a deceased female adult.
Homicide detectives responded, conducted their investigation and believe the deceased may be the registered owner of the vehicle. Positive identification and cause of death will be done by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to call Homicide Detectives Teryl Hubert, Scott Lasch, Michael Hubbard, or Ben Vargas at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous tips may be submitted through "LA Crime Stoppers" by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), downloading the "P3 Tips" app to your smart phone (available at the Apple App store and Google Play), or visiting http://www.lacrimestoppers.org/