High-priced call girl accused of killing Google executive in California

PUBLISHED : Friday, 11 July, 2014, 12:04am
UPDATED : Friday, 11 July, 2014, 12:04am


A high-priced call girl killed a Google executive with a lethal dose of heroin and then fled his yacht in California, authorities alleged.

Alix Catherine Tichleman, 26, was remanded on Wednesday to a cell after a hearing to face criminal charges including manslaughter, prostitution, destroying evidence and transporting a controlled substance, according to Santa Cruz county superior court.

Her bail was set at US$1.5 million.

Tichleman was taken into custody last Friday by Santa Cruz city police, who identified her as the woman in a surveillance video on the yacht where 51-year-old Forrest Hayes was found dead of an overdose in November.

The video shows Hayes suffering "medical complications" and passing out after being injected by Tichleman - and then shows Tichleman leaving the scene, instead of administering first aid or calling for an ambulance, police said.

"Ms Tichleman proceeds to gather her belongings, including the heroin and needles," police said.

Hayes' body was found the next morning.

The California woman was arrested on July 4 after being lured to an upscale hotel by investigators under the pretence of meeting a rich man willing to pay well for sex, according to the court.

Tichleman had an "ongoing prostitution relationship" with Hayes, police said.

An obituary in the local newspaper, The Santa Cruz Sentinel, said Hayes had worked at Silicon Valley technology firms Sun Microsystems and Apple before taking a position at Google.