Son Charged With Murder After Mother’s Body Dumped in Burbank Alley

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A 40-year-old man was charged with murder Wednesday in the death of his 77-year-old mother whose body was found next to a dumpster in an alley in Burbank.


The body of Maria Huezo Diaz, 77,  was found next to a dumpster in a Burbank alley on Jan. 20, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

The body of María Huezo Díaz was found around 10:45 a.m. on Jan. 20 wrapped in blankets in the 4000 block of West Victory Boulevard, according to Burbank police spokesman Sgt. Darin Ryburn.

The location was near an apartment building where she lived with her son, Moisés.

Moisés Díaz was booked on suspicion of murder within hours of the discovery of his mother’s body, Ryburn said.

An autopsy determined María Díaz died as a result of “asphyxia by neck compressions,” Ryburn said in a news release.

If convicted as charged, Moisés Díaz faces life in state prison, according to the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office.

The case was still being investigated by Burbank police.

Anyone who might have witnessed something unusual in the alley between 6 p.m. Sunday and 10 a.m. Monday was urged to call investigators at 818-238-3210.