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Ex-pro hockey player and 'biggest bright light' mother of two found dead in his Newport Beach, California condo, double murder suspected

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 4/24/2019 By Nancy Dillon, New York Daily News
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A missing California mother of two and a former pro hockey player were found possibly murdered together in his Newport Beach, California condominium Sunday, authorities have confirmed.

Victim Wendi Miller, 48, and Darren Partch, 38, were discovered dead shortly before 9:30 p.m. in what police are investigating as a suspected double homicide.

Investigators did not immediately say how the two died, but Miller’s son Luke Carpenter revealed on Facebook that his mother had been shot.

“First of all I want to say thank you for all the love and support from everyone. It’s way more than I could ever hope for,” Carpenter wrote.

“For those who don’t know my mother was found. She had been shot and it was told to us that she did not suffer. The police are still investigating all the details,” he wrote.

“I have no doubt in my mind that she was loved on Earth, and I’m happy that she gets to be loved even better in Heaven. I love you mom,” he wrote.

The son said in a prior post that Miller was last heard from around 1:45 am Saturday while driving in her white Lexus convertible.

According to Partch’s biography on the Internet Hockey Database, he was born in Agoura Hills, Calif., and played for several pro hockey teams including the Tulsa Oilers and San Diego Gulls.

Friends struggled to comprehend how anyone would want to hurt the victims.

“My heart is broken. How can this be? One of my favorite humans ever. The biggest bright light in our lives,” Miller’s friend Tina Selby Palmer wrote on Facebook. “I can’t believe that this is the end of her amazing story. She was literally the brightest light I have ever known.”

Police said the incident appeared to be confined to the residence on E. 15th St. in Newport Beach.

“Investigators have no reason to believe there is an ongoing threat to public safety,” the Newport Beach Police Department said in a statement.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Detective Rick Henry at (949) 644-3797.

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