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Lyndi Lee Fisher, 36

Lyndi Lee Fisher, a 36-year-old white woman, died Friday, July 14, after being strangled in the 43200 block of Doverwood Court in Lancaster, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records. 

Fisher, an appliance technician, had gone to a home on Doverwood Court to repair a refrigerator around 6 p.m., Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Joe Mendoza said. It was her last service call of the day.

At 11:11 p.m., the house’s sole resident, William Hughes, called the Sheriff’s Department to report that Fisher was unconscious in his garage, Mendoza said.

Hughes told investigators he had left the house while Fisher was working, and when he returned, she was lying unresponsive in his garage. 

Fisher was pronounced dead at the scene at 11:23 p.m., according to coroner’s records. At the time, investigators said she had blunt force injuries to her head, but on Monday afternoon, the coroner’s office listed her cause of death as manual strangulation. 

Hughes, 30, was arrested the morning after Fisher’s death on suspicion of murder, Mendoza said. He is being held in lieu of $2 million bail. 

Fisher was married and a mother of three, according to a fundraising page set up by her employer, Christy M. Savoie-Knop, owner of Arrow Appliance.

In a televised interview with KTLA 5, Savoie-Knop said Fisher had gone to Hughes’ home the week before to assess a problem with the refrigerator and returned Friday to finish her work. She never reported any concerns or signs of danger, Savoie-Knop said.

“If Lyndi had any indication, she would have said something, and we would have sent two male technicians back to finish the job,” Savoie-Knop said. “This is, by no means, anything that Lyndi did. This was a random act of violence.”

Savoie-Knop said Fisher began her service call around 6:10 p.m. When another employee called to check in with Fisher at 7, she didn’t answer her phone, Savoie-Knop said, so they assumed she was grabbing dinner. 

Fisher “was an outstanding appliance repair technician and meant so much to countless family and friends,” Savoie-Knop wrote on the Gofundme page. “Lyndi was always a happy person and brought smiles to everyone she came in contact with.” 

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.  

Contact the Homicide Report. Follow @latimeshomicide on Twitter.

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