BELLFLOWER – A murder charge was filed by the District
Attorney’s office today against a Bellflower woman accused of
killing her elderly father, then partially burying his body in the
backyard of their home.
Linda Sue Copeland, 56 (dob 12-20-1951), is scheduled to appear
for arraignment this afternoon in Superior Court Department 3, 10025
Flower St., Bellflower. She is charged in case No. VA105792 with
one count of murder. Bail was recommended at $1 million.
The body of 91-year-old Ralph Stofleth was found buried on Monday
in the backyard of the home in the 9800 block of Potter Street in
Bellflower. Authorities said Copeland lived there with her father.
According to the complaint, Stofleth was killed sometime between
Feb. 1 and Feb. 8 of this year. His body was found near a back yard
shed. It was covered with sheets and cardboard.
Deputies from the Lakewood Station found the body after worried
neighbors called to express concern that they had not seen the
victim for several months.
Deputy District Attorney Taraneh Saba of the Elder Abuse Section
was assigned to prosecute the case.