John Hautz, an 88-year-old white man, died Monday, Jan. 1, after sustaining traumatic injuries in the 2300 block of 34th Street in Santa Monica, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
A neighbor called Santa Monica Police about 1 p.m. and said Hautz appeared to be unconscious in his home. Officers found Hautz with multiple injuries as well as a rope around his body, according to a police department news release.
Hautz was pronounced dead at the scene at 1:15 p.m., according to coroner’s records. Inside the house, police discovered an opened bedroom window with the screen removed.
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