Samantha Rae Lang, a 29-year-old white woman, was found dead Tuesday, Dec. 6, in the 1000 block of West Carson Street in Long Beach, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
About 10:30 a.m. Dec. 5, Long Beach police responded to a call about a vandalized vehicle near the L.A. River. Officers discovered that the car belonged to Lang, but they could not find her. Investigators then searched the area and found her body about 1:30 a.m on Dec. 6. She had been strangled.
Detectives arrested of Lang’s ex-boyfriend, 41-year-old Justin James Johnson, on suspicion of murder.
Johnson pleaded not guilty to one count of murder Dec. 14. He scheduled to return to court Wednesday for a pretrial hearing.