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Arrest made in connection with 74-year-old Lompoc woman’s murder

Posted at 7:03 PM, Jun 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-10 22:17:03-04

Lompoc police have made an arrest in the murder of a 74-year-old woman.

Eldri Jauth was reported missing by her sister last Thursday. She’d last been seen on Tuesday, June 4.

Police say on Saturday, a witness provided information that led them to Jauth’s body.

She was reportedly found dead in her neighbor’s apartment.

Eldri Jauth


Investigators identified the woman who lives in that apartment as Melissa Leigh Martin, 35.

Police say she was located at a home in Santa Ynez on Monday, June 10, and taken into custody at about 4 p.m.

Leigh was arrested on suspicion of murder.

Police have not released any other details about the cause of Jauth’s death or a motive in the murder.

Melissa Leigh Martin