GLENDALE (CBSLA.com) — Police on Monday were questioning the grandson of a couple whose bodies were discovered over the weekend at their Glendale home.
A concerned relative who hadn’t heard from the couple called police to do a welfare check at a residence in the 600 block of Alexander Street, Glendale police report.
Inside, they found the bodies of 77-year-old William Scheiern and 82-year-old Verna Scheiern. Evidence suggested they had died several days before.
When officers arrived, they found the door ajar but there was no sign of forced entry or that the home had been ransacked.
Nathaniel Scheiern, 34, moved in with his grandparents about a year ago, according to neighbors, but was not at the scene.
Those details led investigators to believe the grandson was a person of interest in the case.
Detectives located Nathaniel Scheiern by reaching out to “a lot of family members,” Glendale police Sgt. Robert William said. Scheiern was found to be in a hospital after having been involved in a serious car accident late last week.
“Detectives know where he is,” Sgt. William said. “He remains at the hospital so they’re standing by for his recovery so they can talk to him.”
Police are looking into videos and postings from Scheiern’s Facebook page, and are working with the FBI’s Counter-Terrorism Task Force.
Neighbors say they often saw the grandson out mowing the lawn.
“I’d see him on occasion, at church and passing by, but he kind of like had his head down all the time, just very quiet,” neighbor Tony Passarella said.
Neighbors say William and Verna mostly kept to themselves, but that Scheiern could often be heard arguing with his grandparents.
“(William) did tell me one time his grandson had problems with the law, and he had to advance him money for the lawyer,” neighbor Frank Amanatullah said.
Detectives and forensics investigators remained on scene well into Monday’s evening hours, according to Glendale Police Sgt. Robert William.
“They’re absolutely looking for DNA in addition to any other evidence they can recover,” Sgt. William said.