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The son of an Alameda man whose body was found in the backyard of a Vallejo residence earlier this month was arrested along with his ex-girlfriend this week for allegedly hiding his father’s death for financial gain, according to the Solano County Sheriff’s Office. Joseph Romer, 22, the son of the deceased man, 56-year-old Richard Romer, and 19-year-old Sandeep Waloo, Joseph Romer’s ex-girlfriend, were arrested on suspicion of improper movement of a deceased subject and grand theft, sheriff’s Lt. Brad DeWall said today. The sheriff’s office believes Romer and Waloo concealed the elder Romer’s death for two years so they could keep using the private and government pensions he was receiving, DeWall said.
The cause of Richard Romer’s death has not been determined, but he was very ill before he died, DeWall said. His body was found Dec. 2 in the 1200 block of Warren Avenue in Vallejo and it was quickly determined he had been dead for a significant amount of time, according to DeWall. The U.S. Marshals Service helped search for Joseph Romer, who was arrested Monday in Vallejo. He was booked into Solano County Jail for grand theft, improper movement of a deceased subject and elder/dependent adult abuse, DeWall said. Waloo was arrested Wednesday and booked into the county jail onsuspicion of grand theft, improper movement of a deceased subject and conspiracy, DeWall said.
Both Waloo and Romer are currently out of custody and the Solano County District Attorney’s Office has not yet filed charges against them pending further investigation, according to DeWall. “The case is very complex, and significant investigative work will be required to completely analyze and document the evidence,” he said.
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