Ventura County man kills roommate then disposes of body, police say

A Ventura County man faces homicide charges after Sheriff's investigators say he murdered his roommate and then disposed of his body.

Meiners Oaks resident Cameron Scott Lykins, 23, was arrested in the city of Lone Pine Sunday afternoon after Inyo County Sheriff's deputies and California Highway Patrol located Lykins and his vehicle. Investigators say they found evidence in the vehicle that showed it had been used to transport the victim's body from Meiners Oaks.

Just before 10 a.m. May 12, the Ventura County Sheriff's Communication Center received information that Lykins had admitted to killing his roommate, 22-year-old Houston Alexander Auer, and then disposing of his body, according to officials with the Ventura County Sheriff's Office. This prompted authorities to go investigate a home in the 1100 block of Meyer Road.

At the home, deputies discovered a bloody scene and evidence of a homicide, but no victim, the Sheriff's Department said. Investigators believe Lykins killed Auer during a disturbance at the home in the early morning hours.

Authorities say Lykins is not fully cooperating and have yet to locate the victim's body.

The Ventura County Sheriff's Department released photos of the vehicle Lykins was driving when he was arrested and are asking anyone that may have seen that vehicle between the hours of 1 a.m. and 9:50 a.m. on May 12, or has information on this case to call Sgt. Carlos Macias at 805-384-4761.

The vehicle is described as a silver Nissan Altima Frontier pickup truck bearing the license plate number CA. 39077S1.

Lykins was booked at the Ventura County Pre-Trial Detention Facility and is scheduled to appear in court on May 14, 2019. His bail was set at $2 million.