LAPD detective investigating Derrick Rose case found dead of gunshot wound in Whittier
The Los Angeles County Coroner’s department on Wednesday identified her as 44-year-old Nadine Hernandez.
LAPD sources who were not authorized to speak publicly about the case confirmed that Hernandez was one of two detectives assigned to the Rose case and that she was a detective in the department’s Robbery-Homicide Division Special Assault Section. She frequently was involved in high-profile sex crime cases, authorities said.
Whittier police received a call at 2:45 p.m. Tuesday reporting an attempted suicide in the 8400 block of Via Sierra Ramal, Whittier Lt. Steve Dean said.
Hernandez was taken to PIH Health Hospital in Whittier, where she died at 3:27 p.m., according to Dean and the coroner’s department.
It was unclear whether the death was a suicide or a homicide, Dean said.
“We’re investigating it,” he said.
LAPD investigators responded to the house Tuesday, but Whittier police are conducting the investigation, authorities said.
Law enforcement sources said that the house where Hernandez’s body was found belonged to a relative, and that it appeared she had died of a single gunshot wound.
Property records show the home was registered to a retired LAPD lieutenant.
News of the LAPD’s investigation of Rose came to light Wednesday as an attorney representing the woman in a civil case against Rose and other men made a last-ditch appeal to a judge to conceal her identity.
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