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Thursday June 27th, 2019 :: 05:59 p.m. PDT


News Story - Homicide Victim's Body Located

Nature of Incident: Homicide Victim’s Body Located

Report Number: 19-73064

Location: Angeles National Forest, Los Angeles County

Date & Time: June 23, 2019 @

Unit(s) Responsible: Ventura County Sheriff’s Major Crimes Bureau

Los Angeles County Medical Examiner

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau

California Department of Fish and Wildlife

United States Forest Service

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age

(V) Houston Alexander Auer

(S) Cameron Scott Lykins

Meiners Oaks

Meiners Oaks




On May 12, 2019, Cameron Lykins was arrested for the murder of Houston Auer which occurred

at their residence in the 1100 block of Meyer Road in Meiners Oaks. Though there was sufficient

evidence to conclude that Auer was murdered, Lykins had removed the body from the scene and

would not disclose its location.

On June 23, 2019, a Game Warden from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife was

patrolling the Angeles Forest in the area of Upper Big Tujunga Road and Colby Ranch Road

when he discovered a man’s partially decomposed body concealed in a large brush area of the

forest. The United States Forest Service, Los Angeles County Medical Examiner and Los

Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau responded to the scene. The Los Angeles County

Sheriff’s Department originally handled the investigation as an unidentified homicide victim.

Detectives from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office were alerted to the investigation and worked

with the Los Angeles County agencies to identify the victim as Houston Auer.

Auer’s body has been transferred to Ventura County and the autopsy will be conducted by the

Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Lykins remains in custody at the Ventura County Pre-Trial Detention Facility on $2,000,000.00

bail. His next scheduled court date is July 10, 2019.

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Prepared by: Sergeant Carlos Macias

News Release Date: June 27, 2019

Media Follow-Up Contact: Captain Eric Hatlee

[email protected]

(805) 947-8253

Approved by:

Booking Photo Release:

Captain Jeff Miller

Ventura County Sheriff's Office
800 S Victoria Ave
Ventura, CA 93003

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 805-654-9511

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