.Police Make Arrest In Disappearance of Capitola Woman

The Capitola Police Department arrested Theobald “Theo” Lengyel Tuesday morning in connection with the homicide of Capitola resident Alice Herrmann. 

The arrest came a few weeks after Herrmann, 61, was declared a missing person earlier in December. Herrmann was last seen in Santa Cruz at a rowing event on Dec. 3, and an investigation into her disappearance began on Dec. 12, with police quickly identifying the disappearance as suspicious.

Lengyel was identified as a suspect early into the investigation, and according to a press release from the Capitola PD, police say they’ve found evidence connecting Lengyel to Herrmann’s death.

Lengyel, Herrmann’s boyfriend, was taken into custody on Tuesday as the primary suspect in her murder. Early on in the investigation police and investigators identified Lengyel as a suspect and, according to an official press release, have since uncovered evidence linking him to Herrmann’s homicide.

According to the release, authorities announced that human remains were discovered in the wooded area within the Tilden Regional Park in Berkeley. Identification is pending a DNA confirmation, and police say this is an ongoing investigation.

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Capitola police arrested Lengyel Tuesday morning in the Davenport area, in collaboration with El Cerrito Police Department and Santa Cruz COunty District Attorney’s Office.

UPDATE: Theobald “Theo” Lengyel has been charged with first-degree murder. He was booked into Santa Cruz County Jail, where he was being held without bail, jail records showed.


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