Former rock musician arrested after human remains found in search of his missing girlfriend

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A former rock musician has been arrested on first-degree murder charges in the death of his missing girlfriend after human remains were found in a wooded area in California, police said.

Theobald “Theo” Lengyel, 54, was taken into custody Tuesday in connection with the murder of his girlfriend, Alice “Alix” Kamakaokalani Herrmann, 61, who was last seen Dec. 3 in Santa Cruz, Capitola Police announced Tuesday Was.

The El Cerrito Police Department said her family reported her missing on December 12. The Capitola Police Department took over as the lead agency on the case, and detectives immediately suspected foul play was involved, with Lengyel also being a suspect.

Alice Alix Kamakaokalani Herrmann.  (El Cerrito Police Department)

Alice Alix Kamakaokalani Herrmann. (El Cerrito Police Department)

Her car, a red 2007 Toyota Highlander, was found in front of her boyfriend’s house in El Cerrito, police said. Authorities also said she “has not cooperated with the police investigation” and was known to have traveled by car from El Cerrito, California to Portland, Oregon a few days after her disappearance.

According to, Lengyel was a founding member of the funk-metal band Mister Bungle. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, he played saxophone, clarinet and keyboards for the group from 1985 to the mid-1990s.

Investigators eventually found human remains in a wooded area within Tilden Regional Park in Berkeley, about 4 miles from El Cerrito. Those remains are pending DNA confirmation from the Contra Costa County Coroner’s Office.

Police did not share any details about the manner of death.

Lengyel was arrested without incident and booked into the Santa Cruz County Jail. It was not immediately clear whether he had legal representation.

Capitola Police said they are working with the Santa Cruz County District Attorney’s Office “to ensure a thorough prosecution of this case.”

Investigation is ongoing.

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