Sheriff’s deputies are searching for a man believed to have killed a woman and teenage girl discovered in Monrovia on Wednesday.
Thirty-three year-old Nimrod Perez Guerrero is considered armed and dangerous by law enforcement agencies, and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department released additional information on Thursday.
Guerrero is Hispanic, 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs 200 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes, and may be driving a gray 2014 Toyota Rav4 with California license plate 7FPB132, the sheriff’s department said in a press release.
The victims, 41-year-old Cecilia Meza and 17-year-old Kelsey Meza, were found dead about 1:30 p.m. in the 800 block of West Colorado Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Guerrero is believed to have had an on-again, off-again relationship with Cecilia Meza. Additionally, the teenage girl is believed to be the woman’s daughter. Kelsey Meza attended Monrovia High School, located across the street from the apartment building.
Monrovia Unified School District Superintendent Kathy Thorossian said grief counselors would be available to help those affected by the deaths.
“We are all mourning tonight because of the loss of one of our Monrovia High School students. There is no question that a tragedy of this nature affects our entire community. It is difficult to process the death of anyone, much less someone so young and so promising,” Thorossian said.
The deaths were reported about 1:30 p.m. in the 800 block of West Colorado Boulevard, Deputy Armando Viera Jr. of the sheriff’s Information Bureau said. The victims were found after someone asked police to conduct a welfare check, according to reports from the scene. KCAL9 reported that the welfare check was sought after the girl failed to show up for school for several days.
Officers entered the apartment through an open window when they were unable to contact anyone inside and found the bodies, the sheriff’s department reported.
Detectives from the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau are currently assisting Monrovia police in the homicide investigation. Anyone with information about this incident or the whereabouts of Guerrero was asked to call sheriff’s Homicide Bureau Detectives Eddie Aguirre or Tony Guillen at (323) 890-5500. Additionally, a tips application called P3Tips can be downloaded for both Android and Apple smartphones online.