The Irvine police have a person in custody who has been identified as a possible suspect in the death of an Irvine stay-at-home dad, Sidney Siemensma, who was killed last week near the Los Olivos neighborhood, according to the O.C. Register.
The Irvine police released a short online video on their Facebook page, on Tuesday morning showing some details about Sidney Siemensma’s Jan. 19 homicide.
Irvine police Lt. Bill Whalen said in the video that “He knew his assailant, and this was not a random attack on a stranger.”
The person in custody was arrested by the police after the homicide on unrelated charges and remains in jail.
The police have so far refused to identify the person in custody. Nor have they revealed why they were arrested.
Siemensma’s wife, Cindy, told the Register that “It could have been anyone. He rode with people sometimes but also with people he didn’t know.”
Cindy also said that her husband was friendly to everyone and would have talked to anyone who approached him.
People in the Los Olivos apartment community have been wondering if they are safe. Lt. Whalen said in the Irvine police video that “We know that members of our community want information about this case; as we continue to investigate there are some details we won’t be able to share. The reason is to make sure that any statements from witnesses or other people with information in this case are pure and not tainted by what they read on social media or see in the news.”
Sidney Siemensma’s body was found at around 7 a.m. Jan. 19, on the San Diego Creek Trail behind the Los Olivos apartment community, as we reported.
Siemensma’s stepdaughter has started a GoFundMe page. She states on that page that her stepdad “leaves behind a family and did not have life insurance. Help is needed please. Anything helps.” So far, as of this morning, they have raised just over $2,000. Typically funeral expenses can easily run over $10,000.