Joie Nicole Kinney, 28
Joie Nicole Kinney, a 28-year-old white woman, was found dead Wednesday, July 6, 2016, in the 8700 block of Beverly Boulevard in the Beverly Grove area of West Hollywood, according to authorities.
Kinney’s body was found in a dumpster at 11:57 a.m. in a parking lot, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Eddie Hernandez. The lot is across the street from the entrance to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Abdulla Tario Camran, a 29-year-old white man who had a “dating relationship” with Kinney, was arrested July 19, 2016, on a Los Angeles County Superior Court warrant charging him with murder, Hernandez said.
Investigators initially put a security hold on the case, meaning the coroner cannot reveal any details about how Kinney died.
The week before, medical examiners deferred listing the cause of death until they got the results from toxicology tests, which typically take several months. At that time, Lt. Mike Rosson said Kinney’s death was suspicious, but her body showed no outward sign of trauma. Kinney had no history of illicit drug use, Rosson said.
On July 18, 2016, the coroner’s office ruled the death a homicide based on new evidence, Hernandez said. The cause of death was later listed as asphyxia and manual strangulation, according to coroner's records. Other significant causes were listed as "the combined effects of ethanol and methamphetamine."
Kinney's father, Clark Mills Kinney, drowned on July 4, 1995, when Kinney was 8. When she was 16, Kinney came to West Hollywood from West Virginia with her mother, Hernandez said.
Her mother returned to West Virginia, but Kinney remained, living on her inheritance from her father until December 2015, Hernandez said. "Her money runs out, she loses her apartment and takes to the streets," he said.
Kinney stayed in the West Hollywood area, even after she lost her apartment. It’s not clear how or when she met Camran, Hernandez said. He was known to frequent homeless encampments in West Hollywood and elsewhere in L.A., according to investigators.
Deputies found Kinney's body after getting a tip to look in the dumpster, Hernandez said. Camran became a suspect about a week later, after investigators interviewed people who knew the couple.
A warrant was issued for Camran’s arrest July 18 and the Sheriff’s Department circulated a wanted poster with his photo.
Business people in Pomona saw the flyer and called the Sheriff’s Department the following day, Hernandez said, saying they saw a man matching Camran’s description riding a bicycle on the Arrow Highway at Towne Avenue.
Camran was arrested without incident, Hernandez said. He pleaded not guilty to a charge of murder on Aug. 4, 2016, and is scheduled for a pretrial conference on Dec. 12, 2017. He is being held in lieu of $2-million bail.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.