A 25-year-old Camarillo man, identified by authorities as David Hoetzlein, was arrested accused of killing his mother and disposing of her body in a dumpster at the apartment complex where they lived.

On Friday, June 3, 2022, at about 8:27 pm, David was arrested on suspicion of killing his mother, Tomoko Hoetzlein, a 62 year woman of resident of Camarillo. David allegedly dismembered Tomoko’s body before dumping her remains in an apartment complex dumpster, adjacent to the apartment where David and Tomoko resided together.

Early Friday, morning, at around 6:50 am, deputies assigned to the Camarillo Police Department responded to a “suspicious circumstances” call in the 300 block of Townsite Promenade, an apartment complex known as Las Positas Apartments. Deputies located the human remains, which prompted an investigation by the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Bureau and Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Investigators obtained a search warrant and later detained David, who was alone in his apartment. David was ultimately transported to Headquarters Patrol Station in Ventura, pursuant to a search warrant. Evidence was located during the investigation, which connected David to the murder of his mother.

David was arrested for murder and booked into the Pre-Trial Detention Facility where he is currently being held in lieu of a $3,000,000.00 bail.

This was an isolated incident and there is no threat to the public. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Detective Michael Marco at 805-384-4739. This is the 3 case in which a person is accused of killing their parent this year here in Ventura County.