LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A search is underway in the Studio City-Sherman Oaks area for a parolee suspected of murdering a Valley Village bride-to-be, then setting her house on fire.

Los Angeles police officers are searching an area bordered by Ventura Boulevard to Mulholland Drive and Coldwater Canyon Boulevard to Laurel Canyon Boulevard for 34-year-old murder suspect Omar Loera. Fryman Canyon and Wilacre Park are also being searched.

Loera, a transient parolee, is wanted in the killing of 34-year-old Chere Osmanhodzic, who was found stabbed to death July 24 in her burned Valley Village home.

Police began searching for Loera near Coldwater Canyon Avenue and Mulholland Drive at about 10 a.m., Los Angeles police Officer Norma Eisenman.

Chopper 9 showed police officers on horseback searching an open area. Police got a tip from a Parks and Rec employee who said he recognized Loera from the wanted flier. The employee was “fairly certain” he saw the suspect in Franklin Canyon in the Santa Monica Mountains, LAPD Justin Eisenberg said.

“It’s a big wide open area that would be a good place for our suspect to hide if he was trying to stay out of view,” Eisenberg said. “Based on the type of terrain we have there, we brought in officers on horseback from our

Metropolitan division and officers on dirt bikes, and they fanned out — about 40 officers — in that park area and they’re searching for our suspect.”

Eisenberg said the sighting was unconfirmed, “but we’re taking it very seriously. What’s interesting about this is the proximity of the crime scene of Valley Village. It’s very close.”

Residents were advised to stay in their homes and call 911 if they see anything suspicious.

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Comments (9)
  1. Dina says:

    the police helicopter is circling above Valley Village/Toluca Lake near the 170/101 interchange. I live 2 blocks south of where the murder happened. Very scary.

  2. John says:

    Get this trashbag and let us string him up but not before we beat the #### out of him!!!!!!

  3. Joey says:

    I hope they catch this guy. Cheree was a dear friend of mine and my wides best friend from high school until she was brutally murdered. This guy deserves to get his arse handed to him by all her fam and friends.

  4. CitznFish says:

    I remember when this story was first reported and everyone suspected the fiance. Funny how that has now changed.

  5. richard c. adams says:

    hate to break it to the many layers of fact checkers that you employ, but the area being searched is in Studio City.

  6. SawHim says:

    Saw him 3 times over a month. I actually called the cops on him the 1st time. 1)he was reading papers out of trash cans. 2) he kept looking over his shoulder.3)he took off when I pulled over & got my cell phone out. 4)He stuck out like a sore thumb in this neighborhood. 5)He was cognizant of me making a cell call & took off constantly looking back for a 1/4 mile. 6)I waited for the cops to come.Never saw a car soo followed him down woodman and tried to call the cops back but he ditched it down some side street. Soo very sad for this family & Cheree. I didn’t know of this situation until Tuesday but I tried to have him picked up. 100% sure when I saw his photo-matched the height & weigt too

  7. caroline aguirre says:

    Just another major blunder by State Parole Agents. They waited more than 3 months before requesting a warrant for his arrest. How many more innocent people have to die before our state elected officials demand that the current heads of the Calif. Dept. of Corrections and the Division of Adult Parole be held accountable and then be fired?

  8. MARIA says:

    I am sick of mental illness being the excuse for these subhumans. Like I’ve always said, mental illness and violence are not mutually exclusive. If you commit a random act of violence, you should be eliminated. period. MD

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