LA VERNE (CBSLA.com) — Homicide detectives are seeking the public’s help in their search for a man wanted in the double murder of an elderly couple last month.
Shirley Isom and her husband Armie “Troy” Isom were discovered Dec. 26 at their home in the 300 block of Roughrider Road in the unincorporated La Verne area of Los Angeles County.
Both had sustained blunt-force trauma and had been beaten and stabbed. Shirley, 74, was pronounced dead at the residence. Armie, 89, was taken to a hospital in critical condition and later died.
Authorities plan to release a composite sketch of the man Wednesday and say they hope a the public will assist in identifying and locating the person depicted, described as a white or Hispanic man.
According to a LASD spokesperson, the man was seen walking on roadways in the area about the time the crime was discovered. He was wearing a hooded jacket and was carrying a backpack on his back.
Neighbors have been looking for anyone suspicious in the area and say they’re eager for the sketch to be released.
“I think it will set a lot of people, ease their minds,” said neighbor Ashley Denton. “Because now they [will] know what they’re looking for.”
Detectives have interviewed family members and area residents in effort to determine the identity of the suspect or suspects, and a possible motive.
A source close to the Isoms told CBS2/KCAL9 the couple received death threats in the weeks before the murders. The couple was also dealing with several lawsuits involving a former in-law.
A news conference is scheduled for 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, when the composite sketch will be released.