On November 29, 2010, at about 9:30 a.m., LAPD Newton Area patrol officers responded to a radio call of a possible dead body in a hotel room located at 800 E. 7th Street. Once at the location, officers found the dismembered remains of an unknown person in the room.
Newton Homicide detectives determined the remains to be of a male African American, later identified 49-year-old Herbert Tracy White of Hollywood.
As detectives conducted the investigation, they discovered that the suspects attempted to clean up the scene and remove the body prior to leaving the location. Several body parts were inside of a backpack with the remainder of White’s remains wrapped in blankets.
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Detectives later identified the suspects as 36-year-old Edward Garcia Jr. and his wife, 25-year-old Melissa Hope Garcia. Both suspects are from Pennsylvania and believed to be in the Hollywood area or heading back to Pennsylvania.
On December 6, 2010, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office issued an arrest warrant for both Edward and Melissa Garcia, charging them with one count of murder.
Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Los Angeles Police Department Newton Homicide Detectives Arciniega or Benavides at 323-846-6556.During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.