A sex worker from Georgia has been charged in the heroin overdose death of a Google executive last year, according to information released by police in California.
Police say that the woman accused in the man’s death, Alix Catherine Tichelman, 26, had an ongoing “prostitution” based relationship with the alleged victim, Forrest Timothy Hayes, 51.
Hayes died on November 23 on his yacht in Santa Cruz, following a visit with Tichelman. According to police reports, a security camera onboard Escape, Hayes’ vessel, reveals the events cops say led up to the Google employee’s death.
USA Today reports upon the footage, which is said to show the woman callously stepping over Hayes’ body as he died to consume the remainder of her wine:
“Footage from a security camera on the yacht showed Hayes ‘suffering medical complications and going unconscious, police said… Instead of calling for help, Tichelman gathered her belongings including the heroin and needles, stepped over Hayes’ body to finish a glass of wine and lowered the blinds to conceal the body, police said.”
Santa Cruz Police Deputy Chief Steve Clark said of the findings:
“She showed no regard for the victim. She showed no attempt to even try to render aid or get aid there to assist him.”
Google has not commented upon the new revelations, but a now-deleted memorial for Hayes featured the following comment from a fellow Googler:
“You showed us how to be better engineers and a better team. It is wonderful to reflect on all the advice and direction you shared in our short time on Glass… Your impact and focus was tremendous, but your touch for inspiring those around you is what made you an incredible leader.”
Hayes’ body was discovered on his yacht the following morning, and after viewing the surveillance video, police were able to obtain fingerprints they believe belong to the woman seen on the tape.
Then, cops initiated a sting after identifying a match with Tichelman, posing as a potential client with a large offer. Luring the suspect to a hotel on July 4, police then arrested the sex worker on suspicion of second-degree murder, destruction of evidence and transporting and providing narcotics.
The Santa Cruz Sentinel said of Hayes in an obituary:
“More than anything else he enjoyed spending time with his family at home and on his boat… His brilliant mind, contagious smile, and warm embrace will be missed and cherished in memories by his friends and family.”
It is not clear if the woman charged has a lawyer. The Google exec is survived by his wife of seventeen years and their five children.
[Image: Santa Cruz Police]