Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010 | 9:46 a.m.
A death in North Las Vegas has been reclassified as a murder case and a mother and son who were live-in caregivers to the victim have been arrested in the death, police said this morning.
North Las Vegas Police responded at 6 a.m. Monday to the report of a 69-year-old man who was unresponsive in his apartment at 770 W. Lone Mountain Road. Officers were led to believe the victim's death was possibly medical-related, authorities said, but physical evidence led police to open a death investigation.
An autopsy by the Clark County Coroner's Office showed evidence of strangulation, which prompted police to reclassify the case as a homicide investigation.
At about 8 p.m. Tuesday, detectives arrested 54-year-old Rosemary Vandecar and her son, 25-year-old Daniel Vandecar, in connection with the homicide. They were booked into the North Las Vegas Detention Center on one count of murder with a victim over age 60.
The Vandecars were live-in caregivers for the man and weren't related to him, police said. Authorities haven't determined a motive in the case.
This is the fourth homicide this year in the city of North Las Vegas.