Glen Lee Brittner, 59
Glen Lee Brittner, a 59-year-old white man, died Friday, Aug. 28, as a result of blunt-force trauma in the 26200 block of East Avenue W 8 in Llano, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
The attack happened at Brittner's home sometime between Aug. 17 and Aug. 18, according to Los Angeles County sheriff’s Det. Robert Kenney.
Investigators were called to the residence about 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 18, after a co-worker reported finding Brittner unconscious, according to a department news release.
Brittner was airlifted to Antelope Valley Hospital in Lancaster to be treated for head trauma, Kenney said. He never regained consciousness and was pronounced dead on Aug. 28 at 9:22 a.m., according to coroner’s records.
Brittner was a widower who lived alone, Kenney said. He was last seen the day before at his business, Domestic Water Delivery. After Brittner didn't show up for work, a co-worker went looking for him.
Kenney said Brittner had owned and operated the business for more than 30 years. He pumped water from a well on his property and filled up tanks for customers who purchased water from him.
Investigators don’t know when he was hit on the head or how long he had been unconscious before he was found, Kenney said. They also don't know what the assailant used to hit Brittner, but the blow "did significant damage," Kenney said.
Early reports indicated that someone had broken into Brittner’s home, but Kenney said Monday that there’s no evidence of forced entry. Either the door was open and someone walked in, he said, or Brittner knew his assailant and let that person in.
Llano is a rural community in the high desert of Southeast Antelope Valley, about 22 miles east of Palmdale.
Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.