Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles County coroner’s office has classified the deaths of two women who were drugged and left outside a pair of hospitals as homicides.
Forensic investigators revealed Monday that Christy Giles, 24, and Hilda Marcela Cabrales Arzola, 26, died last year with a mixture of drugs in their systems.
Giles and Arzola were last seen at a Pico-Robertson neighborhood apartment before the unconscious women were dumped outside two hospitals on Nov. 13. Masked men in a black Toyota Prius with no license plate left them, according to police reports.
Giles, a model and actor, had cocaine, fentanyl, gamma-hydroxybutyric acid — also known as the “date rape drug” — and ketamine in her system when she died. Arzola, an aspiring architect from Mexico, died from multiple organ failures and had several drugs in her system, including cocaine, MDMA and other undetermined drugs, according to the L.A. County coroner’s office.
In December, police arrested David Pearce, 39, on suspicion of manslaughter. Brandt Osborn, 42, and Mike Ansbach, 47, were arrested on suspicion of accessory to manslaughter. Pearce remains in custody on charges from alleged attacks on other women, according to jail records. Ansbach and Osborn were later released from custody pending the police investigation.
The Los Angeles Police Department did not immediately respond to questions on the latest update on the women’s deaths.
According to homicide investigators, Giles was already dead when she was left outside a Culver City hospital. A few hours later, Arzola was dumped outside the Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles Medical Center and remained in a coma until she was taken off life support on Nov. 24.
The news of the coroner’s office’s findings brought some relief to Giles’ mother, Dusty Giles, who wrote about it on her Facebook page.
“With this our prayers are the LA County DA’s Office will move quickly and swiftly on re-arresting ALL parties involved and this time PRESS THE CHARGES,” Giles wrote over the weekend.
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