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Thursday, April 12, 2018

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Baltimore, Maryland: Los Angeles Police Department's Operations-Valley Bureau Homicide Detectives along with Baltimore Police Department have arrested Jill Blackstone for murder.

On March 14, 2015, Jill Blackstone drugged her sister Wendy Blackstone and placed her in the garage of their North Hollywood residence along with three pet dogs.

Jill Blackstone set the garage on fire, killing Wendy Blackstone and two of the dogs; staging it as an accident.

Homicide detectives believe the motive was Jill's frustration of being forced to provide Wendy long-term care, as well as the associated financial hardship.

Homicide detectives worked in coordination with Los Angeles Fire Department Arson investigators, conducting independent investigations. The investigative follow up required for a successful prosecution included significant travel, research, numerous interviews, and additional forensic evidence processing which added time to this extremely complex and sensitive investigation.

In March 2018, the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office filed murder and animal cruelty charges and issued a warrant for Jill Blackstone. Homicide detectives were notified by Jill Blackstone's attorney, that she checked herself into a hospital in Baltimore, Maryland due to a medical condition.

On April 11, 2018 Jill Blackstone was arrested by Homicide detectives and the Baltimore Police Department. She is currently in custody with Baltimore Police Department awaiting extradition.

Anyone with additional information is urged to call Detective Dave Peteque, Valley Bureau Homicide, at 805-750-7888. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7(1-877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.


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