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Ventura County man accused of killing his mother

A Camarillo man has been arrested for the murder of his mother.
Tim Hüfner
A Camarillo man has been arrested for the murder of his mother.

Woman's remains found in Camarillo dumpster Friday; Son arrested Friday night.

Detectives say they’ve arrested a Ventura County man on charges he murdered, and dismembered his mother.

Tomoko Hoetzlein’s remains were discovered Friday morning in the dumpster of a Camarillo apartment complex.

The Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office determined the remains were human, and that a homicide had occurred. Based on some of the information gathered by investigators, they got a search warrant for a nearby apartment.

David Hoetzlein was there. After questioning, he was arrested Friday night for the murder of his mother. Detectives say they recovered evidence at the apartment linking him to the killing. He lived in the apartment with his mother.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.