Los Angeles police say they have not identified any suspects in the death of a real estate broker whose body was found Saturday, July 18th in a Westchester home that was listed for sale.
The man, identified by police as Ricardo Contreras, 45, of Lakewood, was discovered dead in the bedroom of a home in the 8900 block of Kittyhawk Avenue by a real estate firm employee who went to retrieve a key for the front door, Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman Karen Rayner said. Police were called to the scene at 7 p.m. and found that Contreras had “at least one stab wound,” Rayner said.
An autopsy was scheduled Tuesday, July 21st to determine the cause of death, but police have classified the case as a homicide.
Contreras, who worked as a real estate agent at a firm in Cerritos, was married and had five children, family members told reporters. He was reported missing by his wife Wednesday morning, July 15th, LAPD Pacific Det. Mark Morgan said.
A real estate agent had planned to show the home to clients July 18th but was unable to find the front door key in a lock box, Rayner said. The agent then contacted a company employee who unlocked the door and found Contreras dead, Rayner said.
It was unclear how long the victim had been dead, police said.
Morgan said no windows in the home were broken and there did not appear to be signs of forced entry.
The investigation is ongoing to determine a possible motive in the death of the real estate agent. Police do not have a description of any possible suspects.
Morgan said detectives were investigating a report in The Daily Breeze that Contreras was the brother of a woman who was convicted of killing a San Pedro couple she victimized in a real estate fraud case that bilked them of $2 million.
Anyone with information regarding Contreras’ death is encouraged to contact LAPD Pacific detectives at (310) 482-6313.