Late Wednesday night, a 15-year-old girl and a 16-year-old boy from Compton, California were arrested on suspicion of murdering the teenage girl's mother and step-father. The teens are now being held without bail at juvenille hall on suspicion of murder, according to KTLA.
The motive? According to what one friend told KTLA, the daughter was being raped by her step-father. Police maintain that the motive is still being deciphered, but there is speculation that domestic frictions over her family's dislike of her boyfriend may have also played a factor, reported ABC 7 in a television broadcast.
The double homicide began to unravel on Saturday, October 15, when residents in nearby Norwalk noticed a foul, lingering smell. This led investigators to the discovery of a woman's body (Jane Doe #65) partially buried in a vacant lot on the 11800 block of Norwalk Boulevard, reports Cerritos Patch.
Then, in a seemingly unrelated event on Tuesday, October 18, the now-deceased couple was reported missing "under suspicious circumstances," by relatives, announced Lt. Mary Leef of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Suspicious relatives told authorities that the teenage couple may have more information about the missing persons, states CBS Los Angeles.
Juan Diaz, a neighbor, told KTLA that the female suspect was seen disposing of her mother's belongings on Tuesday. When Diaz asked the girl where her mother was, she had told him, "she's in the hospital having surgery."
The unidentified teens were arrested Wednesday and lead authorities to the location of the girl's step-father. He was also found buried in a vacant lot one block from the couple's home, reports Cerritos Patch.