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Missing man not suspect in death

Mystery: Sheriff’s officials continue looking for man after finding his wife’s body in rural area

Posted: June 21, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: June 21, 2011 1:55 a.m.
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A missing Canyon Country man is not considered a suspect in the death of his wife, whose body was found on a remote Angeles National Forest trail last week, a sheriff’s official said Monday.

Dusan Klein, 59, was still missing Monday along with the family dog and vehicle after his wife’s body was found last Wednesday by public works employees who were restoring burned forest land.

The body of Renata Klein, also 59, was found miles beyond a barricade on the forest track.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Shannon Laren, one of two sergeants aiding the two detectives heading the investigation, said Dusan Klein was not considered a suspect and is still being sought.

Investigators used fingerprints to ID Renata Klein’s body, Laren said. No identification was found with the body.

Sheriff’s Department officials issued an appeal for the public’s help in locating the Kleins the same day her body was found about 7:30 a.m. at the 8.95 mile marker on Upper Big Tujunga Road.

The cause of death was unknown.

Because the death investigation is ongoing, the Sheriff’s Department has requested the coroner’s office withhold all information related to the case, Los Angeles County coroner’s Lt. Fred Corral said Monday.

Worried family members reported the couple missing early last week, and friends and neighbors said they last spoke with the Kleins on Saturday night, detectives said.

Laren said investigators have since learned the couple’s home in the 28100 block of Wildwind Road was in foreclosure.

The couple reportedly left their home in their 1999 gold Jeep Cherokee, their 10-year-old, black-and-white cocker spaniel Cindy, in tow.

On Monday, homicide bureau detectives were interviewing people based on information they’d received about the couple since they were reported missing last week.

“We’re getting a lot of leads, and we’re running with those leads right now,” Laren said.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Sheriff’s Department at (323) 890-5500.

Those who prefer to give information anonymously may call (800) 222-8477 or visit http://lacrimestoppers.org.
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