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Slain Glendale couple died of blood loss from traumatic injuries, police say

Slain Glendale couple

An investigation at a Glendale home in the 600 block of Alexander Street on June 29, where the bodies of a couple were found the day before.

(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

The elderly couple found dead in their Glendale home last Sunday both died of blood loss from traumatic injuries, police said.

William and Verna Scheiern, 77 and 82, respectively, were found dead in their Glendale home last Sunday after police went to check on them when an out-of-state relative reported that she’d not heard from them and was concerned.

Police believe the couple’s grandson, Nathaniel Scheiern, who had lived with them for about a year, killed them.

Police entered the home, located on the 600 block of Alexander Street, through the front door, which was ajar, and discovered the two bodies, which were significantly decomposed.


Neighbors said the couple lived in the home for more than 20 years, but Nathaniel Scheiern just moved in about a year ago.

Detectives named Scheiern as a person of interest last week, but could not interview him for several days as he’d been involved in a solo-car crash on the Golden State (5) Freeway that left him hospitalized at the Henry Mayo Hospital in Valencia with “significant” but non-life-threatening injuries.

Authorities believe he killed his grandparents before the crash, which occurred last Thursday.

Further details about how the victims were killed were not released.


Neighbor Hermik Khosrve, who has lived next to the couple for 26 years, dropped by the home Monday afternoon to place flowers on the front lawn, which was lined with yellow police tape.

“She was a very generous lady,” said another woman who worked at the victim’s dentist’s office.

The woman, who asked not to be identified, added that the victim paid for her grandson’s dental work.

“She didn’t deserve this,” she said.