Ventura County Man Accused of Killing Roommate and Hiding His Body Is Arrested Hundreds of Miles Away

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Ventura County sheriff’s deputies arrested a man Sunday accused of killing his roommate in Meiners Oaks, a rural area west of Ojai, and traveling hundreds of miles away to Inyo County to dispose of the body.

Cameron Scott Lykins is shown in a photo released May 13, 2019, by the Ventura County Sheriff's Department.
Cameron Scott Lykins is shown in a photo released May 13, 2019, by the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department.

Cameron Scott Lykins, 23, was arrested in the city of Lone Pine shortly before 10 a.m. Sunday, after the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department got a tip that Lykins had admitted to killing his roommate, 22-year-old Houston Alexander Auer, and discarding the body, deputies said in a news release.

Deputies went to the Meiners Oaks residence in the 1100 block of Meyer Road, where they found a bloody scene consistent with a homicide, but no victim.

Further investigation indicated that Lykins had killed Auer during a disturbance in the early morning hours Sunday, and removed Auer’s body from the scene, authorities said.

At about 1 p.m., Inyo County sheriff’s deputies and California Highway Patrol officers located Lykins in Lone Pine, a town in the Eastern Sierra more than four hours from Meiners Oaks.

Lykins’ Nissan Frontier truck was also found, and it had evidence confirming that Lykins had used the truck to move the victim’s body, deputies said.

Ventura County sheriff’s deputies traveled to Lone Pine and arrested Lykins. He was taken back to Ventura County and booked on suspicion of murder.

Investigators said though there is enough evidence to conclude Auer did not survive the attack, and Lykins has not cooperated in revealing the location of Auer’s body.

Anyone with information, or who believes they may have seen Lykins or his vehicle, a silver Nissan Frontier truck with California plates 39077S1, between the hours of 1 a.m. and 9:50 a.m. on May 12, is asked to contact Sgt. Carlos Macias at 805-384-4761.

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