Homicide detectives search for motive in mysterious campground murder of scientist shot dead in front of his two young daughters

Authorities are asking the public for tips in the mysterious shooting death of a young scientist shot in front of his young daughters while on a camping trip.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, Tristan Beaudette, 35, was fatally shot early Friday morning at Malibu Creek State Park while camping with his daughters, ages 2 and 4. The girls were unharmed.

“The theory we are working with is he was shot inside the tent,” Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Rodney Moore told the Los Angeles Times on Sunday. “The children were inside the tent, too.”

The victim’s wife Erica had reportedly stayed home from the camping trip to study for an exam. Both Erica and Tristan were reportedly set to start new jobs when the family relocated to the Bay Area from Irving, California, according to a statement on a GoFundMe page. 

In a statement given to the Los Angeles Times, Beaudette’s family described him as a “scientist who loved cooking and microbrews.” A LinkedIn page appearing to belong to the victim lists his most recent employer as Allergan.

ABC News reports that law enforcement is seeking information about any possible motive in the homicide, and have not named any suspects.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.


[Feature image: Erica and Tristan Baudette/GoFundMe]