Theobald Lengyel, a founding member of the 1990s experimental rock band Mr. Bungle, was arrested Tuesday and charged with murder after police in Capitola, California, found human remains they believed to be those of his girlfriend in a wooded area of a regional neighborhood. park.
Mr. Lengyel’s girlfriend, Alice Kamakaokalani Herrmann, 61, known as Alyx, was last seen in Santa Cruz, California, on December 3, according to the El Cerrito Police Department . After more than a week without news of her, her family reported her missing on Dec. 12, police said.
Ms. Kamakaokalani lived in Capitola, a small beach town in Santa Cruz County. Police said in a statement that during their investigation they found his car, a red Toyota Highlander SUV, at Mr. Lengyel’s home in El Cerrito, about an hour and 40 minutes’ drive from Capitola. Investigators discovered remains, which are still being identified, in Tilden Regional Park in Berkeley, police said.
“As the investigation progressed, it became clear that foul play was involved,” Capitola police said in a statement, “which led to the identification of Theobald Lengyel as the suspect.” .
Mr. Lengyel, 54, who also released music under the name Mylo Stone, did not cooperate with the investigation, according to El Cerrito police, who said they believed Mr. Lengyel had left the city and drove to Portland, Oregon. after the disappearance of Ms. Kamakaokalani.
Mr. Lengyel, who played alto saxophone, was a founding member of Mr. Bungle, which formed in the mid-1980s in Northern California as a metal band before striking out on a more experimental and absurd. The group released their first album, also titled “Mr. Bungle,” in 1991.
The album, which featured a mix of progressive rock, punk and funk, featured song titles like “Squeeze Me Macaroni” and “The Girls of Porn.” Allmusic.com described it as “a difficult record, not very accessible”, but noted that “the band wouldn’t have it any other way”.
Mr. Lengyel left the group in the late 1990s, before the release of the album “California.” The group reunited and performed in Los Angeles in 2020, without Mr. Lengyel.