A Woodland Hills man was being held without bail Monday after he admitted strangling his wife and dumping her body in the desert near Barstow, police said.
Nandan Lal, 25, had reported his wife missing Saturday morning, saying she had left home five days earlier on a business trip and had not contacted him since, Los Angeles Police Detective D. L. Burris said.
But when detectives questioned Lal later about the disappearance of Mandeep Kaur, 25, they said Lal told different versions about what he thought had happened to his wife, Detective Paul Stewart said.
"The circumstances were suspicious from the start," Stewart said. "We talked to him several times and found a lot of inconsistencies in what he was saying."