Heather Navarro

Orange County Man and Woman Identified After Bodies Found in Apartment

Police are investigating the slaying of a man and woman, the latter of whom was reported missing to Costa Mesa police over the weekend.

The Orange County Sheriff's Department coroner identified the victims as 48-year-old Wendi Miller of Costa Mesa and 38-year-old Darren Partch of Newport Beach. The two were found in Partch's residence, the coroner's office reported.

Miller was last seen in Laguna Beach over the weekend. Her family contacted Costa Mesa police when they could not reach her.

The bodies were discovered about 9:30 p.m. Sunday in the residence on the 2100 block of East 15th Street near Irvine Avenue, the Newport Beach Police Department reported.

Police would only say they were "conducting an active homicide investigation,'' according to the department's Heather Rangel.

Police said there was no danger to the public as "the activity appears to be confined to this location.''

Rangel said that a man came home and found his roommate and a woman he didn't know dead.

Partch is a retired hockey player. He last played for the San Diego Gulls of the East Coast Hockey League during the 2005-06 season.

Anyone with information was asked to call Det. Rick Henry at 949-644-3797.

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