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Hacienda Heights trunk body victim identified, son arrested

Vilma Chau, 63, is seen in this undated file photo from the DMV. Chau was found dead in the trunk of a car at her Hacienda Heights home on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. (DMV)
August 30, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
A woman who was found dead inside the trunk of a car in Hacienda Heights has been identified, and her son has been arrested for murder.

The body of Vilma Chau, 63, was discovered Thursday in a car parked in the 15000 block of Las Tunas Drive. She was the owner of the home where she was found.

Chau's family had gone to check on her when they didn't hear from her. Neighbors say something at the home looked suspicious Wednesday night.

"At 2 a.m., the lights were still on all the way around the house, and that was suspicious because she usually turns them off at about 11. Everybody knows the system of what goes on around here, so when something strange like that happens, you wonder," said neighbor Renny Garcia Cano.

The victim's son, 43-year-old Clifton Huang, was arrested and booked at Industry Sheriff's Station for her murder. He is being held on $2 million bail. He is due in court Sept. 3.


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