LA police seek man in woman's death, home burning

A composite sketch of a suspect LAPD seeks in connection to a Valley Village murder, July 24, 2010..
A composite sketch of a suspect LAPD seeks in connection to a Valley Village murder, July 24, 2010.. lapd.org

Los Angeles police are hunting for a man who was seen running from a burning home in the San Fernando Valley where a woman was found dead.

Authorities say the fiance of 34-year-old Chere Osmanhodzic told investigators he had gone to the store but returned to their home in Valley Village on Saturday evening, where he confronted a man inside and chased him several blocks before losing him.

The fiance says he then returned to the home and found it in flames. Firefighters found the woman's burned body after putting out the blaze.

The cause of her death is under investigation.

Detective Thomas Townsend says neighbors confirmed the fiance's story and investigators don't think he was involved in the crime.

Police are investigating a motive.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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