Authorities released the names of a mother and her teen daughter who were found dead in their Monrovia apartment, days after they were last seen, amid a continuing manhunt for the woman’s boyfriend on Thursday.
Cecilia Meza, 41, and her 17-year-old daughter Kelsey Meza were found dead in their home on the 800 block of West Colorado Boulevard, across the street from where Kelsey attended school at Monrovia High School, after police were asked to perform a welfare check around 1 p.m., the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release.
Officers unable to contact anyone at the residence climbed inside through an open window and found both victims deceased inside. A family friend told KTLA the Mezas hadn’t been heard from since Sunday evening, and the daughter had missed school all week.
Detectives have yet to release information on the conditions their bodies were found in.
Still, they have identified Cecilia’s boyfriend, 33-year-old Nimrod Perez Guerrero, as a suspect in the double homicide. The Sheriff’s Department has not said whether there is any evidence or possible motive tying him to the crime.
Investigators have been unable to locate Guerrero since naming him as a suspect Thursday night. They believe he’s armed and dangerous, and traveling in a gray 2014 Toyota RAV4 with California license plate No. 7FPB132.
Officials describe Guerrero as a Latino man measuring around 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing around 200 pounds with brown hair and eyes.
Anyone with information on the case can contact the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500, or submit a tip anonymously via 800-222-8477 or www.LACrimeStoppers.org.