On May 20, 2012, Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) officers responded to an “unknown trouble” call in the 5900 block of East Pacific Coast Highway. The caller told arriving officers that he had entered the apartment his brother and father shared and found both of them deceased.
Based on the circumstances, LBPD homicide detectives and the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office responded to conduct an investigation. Preliminary information released by the Coroner’s Office indicated the deaths were possibly the result of a murder-suicide.
Since the initial information was released, the coroner’s office conducted autopsies and attributed the cause of death for 53-year-old Steven Warshaw to cardiovascular disease and the death of his father, 78-year-old Lawrence Warshaw, to cardiovascular disease and other undetermined factors. The father was confined to a wheelchair and was dependent upon his son for care. It is believed he passed away soon after his son.
After reviewing the coroner’s findings, processing the scene, and considering all other facts and evidence, homicide detectives are confident at this point that both deaths were the result of natural causes and have closed their case.