Theobald “Theo” Lengyel, an American musician known for playing saxophone, clarinet and keyboards in the 1980s American experimental band Mr. Bungle, has been arrested on charges of murdering his girlfriend Alice “Alyx” Kamakaokalani Herrmann, who disappeared in December.
In the past few hours the police have found human remains in the woods near Berkeley, California, as reported by the American media. The disappearance case began on December 12, 2023 but, as reported by the New York Postthe last time the woman was seen alive was 10 days before that date.
“Lengyel had previously been considered a person of interest after he refused to cooperate with police in the disappearance of Alice ‘Alyx’ Kamakaokalani Herrmann,” writes Katherine Donlevy in an article published in New York Postreporting that “police said it became clear early in the investigation that ‘foul play was involved’ in the case of Herrmann’s disappearance.”
“Kamakaokalani, 54, was last seen on December 3, 2023. An investigation into her disappearance was launched by the Capitola Police Department and the El Cerrito Police Department,” reports NME.
“The diligent work of our investigators, in coordination with our law enforcement partners, led to the arrest of Theobald Lengyel in connection with the tragic murder of Alice Kamakaokalanil,” reads a statement from Capitola Police (via Blabbermouth) . “We extend our deepest condolences to the victim’s family and friends during this difficult time.”
Human remains were recovered in a wooded area
As reported by the local branch of ABC, KRCRpolice in Capitola, California, discovered the remains in a wooded area of a Berkeley park and later took Lengyel into custody.
“The investigation led detectives to recover human remains in a wooded area within Tilden Regional Park in Berkeley,” the Capitola Police Department said in a statement. “Identification of the human remains is awaiting DNA confirmation from the Contra County Coroner’s Office,” California law enforcement officials added.
“The police did not specify how or where Herrmann was killed. Investigators had their eyes on Lengyel, who also uses the name ‘Mylo Stone,’ from the moment Herrmann’s family reported her missing. She is said to have spent the days following her disappearance driving more than 600 miles between her home in El Cerrito, California, and Portland, Oregon. New York Post.
The relationship between Lengyel and Alice “Alyx” Kamakaokalani Herrmann
Lengyel and Alice “Alyx” Kamakaokalani Herrmann were previously married, and sources like Stereogum (taken from NME) report that he had previously been investigated for domestic violence.
The couple divorced in 2017, and that same year Alice Kamakaokalani Herrmann filed a restraining order against her ex-husband.
Who is Legyel and who are Mr. Bungle
Musician Theo Legyel is best known as one of the founding members of the California-based art-metal band Mr. Bungle, formed in 1985.
Legyel played keyboard and saxophone on the first two albums released by Warner Bros., the 1991 self-titled album and Flying saucer of 1995. Lengyel remained in the band for about a decade before leaving the lineup.
Finally, Mr. Bungle disbanded in 2000, only reuniting in 2020, when they released a re-recorded version of their 1986 demo The Raging Wrath Of The Easter Bunny. On that occasion, however, Lengyel did not participate in the reunion, as reported NME.