Arrest made in killing of community advocate Wendi Miller, hockey player in Newport Beach
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (FOX 11) - Police have arrested 44-year-old Jamon Rayon Buggs of Huntington Beach in connection to a double homicide in Newport Beach.
Wendi Miller, 48, and her friend, 38-year-old Darren Partch, a minor-league hockey player, were found murdered in a Newport Beach condo on Monday, April 22, 2019.
At the time of the arrest, Buggs was already in custody at the Orange County Jail on unrelated charges stemming from a series of burglaries in the Irvine area on April 20-21, 2019. He is currently being held on a $1,000,000 bail pending double murder charges, Newport Beach police said.
Miller started Wings for Justice, a Newport non-profit that advocates for children in court and brings about positive change. She also helped battered women and veterans get jobs.
Friends say they last saw Miller and Partch leaving a Laguna Beach bar early Saturday. Partch's roommate found their bodies at his condo in the 2100 block of East 15th Street when he came home after the Easter holiday weekend. Police say there was no forced entry.
Police did not immediately release additional information. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information regarding this case and whereabouts of Buggs prior to his arrest are asked to contact Detective Rick Henry at 949-644-3797.