In light of the concern that some have expressed—here and elsewhere—about how aggressively the LAPD is pursuing the case of 17-year-old Lily Burk, who was found dead inside her black Volvo around 6:30 a.m. Saturday near Alameda and Fourth streets. Her death, as all of you must know by now, has been ruled a homicide.
The answer to the question about the police is: very aggressively. I know this from backdoor sources as well as those at the front door.
Specifically, as of right now there are six detectives working this case virtually full time, plus a bunch of uniformed officers.
The case is being coordinated out of Central Division, because Lily Burk was found in the Skid Row area. But I am told that Northeast is also providing help.
“This is one of those cases that pulls at your heart strings no matter who you are,” Central’s watch commander, Sergent Andy Mathes. told me tonight, his voice stressed and grim.
Yes. It does.
More in a while.