In a chilling turn of events in the Quartz Hill neighborhood of Lancaster, a 37-year-old man, Matthew Switalski, now faces charges of murder and arson in connection with the death of a woman found in the trunk of a burning car. The victim, identified as 27-year-old Veronica Aguilar, is believed to have been Switalski’s girlfriend.
Discovery of a Charred Body
The disturbing incident unfolded when fire crews extinguished a garage fire at Switalski’s residence on 38th Street West. Tragically, Aguilar’s charred body was discovered in the trunk of a car parked in the garage.
Arrest and Charges
Switalski, the homeowner, was arrested in Kern County on suspicion of murder. He now faces charges of one count of murder and one count of arson, with an arraignment rescheduled for January 18. The severity of the charges is underscored by Switalski being held without bail.
Heartbreaking Family Statement
Aguilar’s brother, Juan Aguilar, expressed the family’s grief, stating, “My little sister Veronica was taken from us on December 20, 2023, and her story is all over the news of her brutal death.” He described her as having the “best spirit” and emphasized the profound impact her loss has had on the family.
Ongoing Investigation and Previous Arrest
As of Tuesday, the cause of Aguilar’s death remains under investigation by the LA County Medical Examiner’s Office. Switalski’s arrest in May on suspicion of an unspecified felony adds a layer of complexity to the case.
Seeking Information from the Public
Authorities urge anyone with information about this tragic incident to contact the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Additionally, tipsters can reach out to Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
In this heart-wrenching tale of murder and arson, the Lancaster community grapples with the shocking loss of Veronica Aguilar. As legal proceedings unfold, questions linger about the circumstances leading to this tragic event, leaving a community in mourning and seeking answers.