The body of a man reported missing two years ago by his Laguna Beach relatives was discovered last month in a freezer of a public storage unit in Ventura, Ventura police announced Wednesday.
Coroner’s officials identified the body as Jeffrey Korber, 58 at the time of his disappearance, and ruled the death a homicide, Ventura police Commander Darin Schindler said in a statement.
Ventura investigators have taken Michael Bresnak, 49, of Ventura, into custody for a violation of his prison release, but say they suspect him in Korber’s death. Bresnak is the son of Mary “Francesca” Hannan, 66, who was interviewed in 2011 by a Laguna detective investigating the missing person’s case, according to Laguna’s Capt. Jason Kravetz.
Hannan has yet to be arrested or charged, Schindler said, but search warrants have been served at her home.
Korber’s brother contacted Laguna police on July 22, 2011, three months after last hearing from his sibling, whose cell phone no longer answered, Kravetz said. Up until April 25 of that year, Korber had routinely called his brother weekly, had skipped birthday message and missed his daughter’s out-of-state graduation, Kravetz said.
Investigators tracked his car between Florida and Ventura, which eventually led to Hannan’s home, Kravetz said. At the time, she told investigators she didn’t know Korber’s whereabouts, he said.
Korber’s 1991 car with New Mexico plates, which had been found abandoned at LAX, was auctioned off, Kravetz said.
Without leads or signs of foul play, Laguna closed its invetigation in 2012, Kravetz said. “He was just missing. The case runs out of leads until a month ago.”
Ventura police developed information which led to the storage locker and the authorized search of Hannan’s home, Schindler’s statement says. Ventura police are continuing their investigation and are asking anyone with information to contact the major crimes division at 805 339-4441.