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Woman found beaten to death following Lancaster CA home invasion

One person is in custody after a woman in her 50s was discovered beaten to death inside a home in Lancaster.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department responded to the home on the 45500 block of Barrymore Avenue just after midnight Sunday for a report of a home invasion and burglary call.

When deputies arrived on scene, they found the woman, who is said to be between 50 and 55 years old, dead from apparent blunt force trauma to the head, the LASD said in a news release.

Police did not identify the victim, but neighbors said she was a juvenile probation officer.

The probation officers union, AFSCME Local 685, identified Paula Lind as the victim of an “apparent homicide at her residence” early Sunday morning in a post to a private Facebook group that was shared with KTLA.

“Please join us in sending our sincerest thoughts and prayers to her family, friends, and co-workers during this tragic event,” the union wrote.

The Sheriff’s Department said one person, described only as a male of undisclosed age, was detained as part of the investigation.

No additional information has been released.

Anyone with information about the investigation is urged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. You can also submit an anonymous tip online at


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