Corpse of retired detective Sgt. Myriam E. Travis, 87, on Sunday after a concerned family member called police after he had not heard from her for two months.
Police went to the home in Sycamore Canyon and spoke to the woman’s 64-year-old daughter who lives with her. Officer Javier Cabrera of the Riverside Police Department said the daughter made inconsistent statements about her mother’s whereabouts.
A home search resulted in the body being found in a garage fridge. Police said the autopsy results are now pending to determine the cause of death.
A statement from the LASD said Travis devoted 27 years of loyal service to the residents of Los Angeles County from 1963 until her retirement in 1990.
Sheriff Alex Villanueva stated, “Our hearts are shattered by this news, and the LASD family is grieving their loss.”
Police said the daughter is not in custody and that the Riverside Police Department is investigating the circumstances surrounding Travis’ death.
Travis’ husband died in 1992, after which she suddenly changed the house’s locks and cut off contact with her extended family, said a relative, Keri Nickell of Oklahoma.
“This was my grandmother once, and then we never heard of her again,” Nickel told the Press-Enterprise. She described Travis and her daughter as “a kind of hermit”.
Cedric Valentine, 63, a landscaper who said he knew Travis, said he last saw her alive four months ago, the newspaper reported.