Woman vanishes in Santa Cruz, boyfriend uncooperative: police

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A Santa Cruz woman has been missing for more than two weeks, and according to the El Cerrito Police Department, her boyfriend is uncooperative with investigators. 

Alice “Alyx” Kamakaokalani Herrmann, 61, of Capitola was last seen in Santa Cruz on December 2. 

Herrmann’s relatives reported her missing to the police on December 12 because they had not heard any communication from her. 

Investigators said they found Herrmann’s red 2008 Toyota Highlander SUV parked in front of her boyfriend’s home in El Cerrito. 

The boyfriend was identified as Theobald “Theo” Brooks Lengyel, 54, an ex-musician who used to play the saxophone in the rock bank “Mr. Bungle.” 

“Based on his actions, Theo Lengyel is a person of interest in Alice Hermann’s disappearance and has not cooperated with the police investigation,” the El Cerrito Police Department wrote.

After Herrmann disappeared, Lengyel drove from El Cerrito to Portland, Oregon. 

Police are trying to discover the couple’s whereabouts and the activities between December 3 and Monday. 

“Investigators are asking area residents who spend time in regional parks and open spaces to be on the lookout for anything suspicious that might lead to Alice’s whereabouts,” the El Cerrito Police Department wrote.

Herrmann is described as a Pacific Islander woman, 5 feet, 4 inches tall, weighs 135 pounds, and has hazel eyes, and brown hair.

Lengyel is a white man, 5 feet, 10 inches tall, weighs 170 pounds, and has brown eyes and hair. He drives a blue 1989 Ford pickup truck with the license plate “UNCLDRT.”

Both vehicles are currently in police custody.

Anyone with information about either Lengyel or Herrmann is encouraged to contact the El Cerrito Police Department tip line by calling 510-215-4435 or email Investigations@ci.el-cerrito.ca.us.


Charlene is a Bay Area journalist who hails from the small community of Fresno. Drawing from her experience writing for her college paper, Charlene continues to advocate for free press and local journalism. She also volunteers in all the beach cleanups she can because she loves the water.