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Prostitute accused in Google exec's death

Police arrested a high-priced call girl from Georgia, who allegedly overdosed the exec with heroin on a 50-foot yacht in Santa Cruz.

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Police have arrested a high-end escort for suspicion of murder in the death of a Google executive, according to a police statement and the Santa Cruz Sentinel.

The executive, 51-year-old Forrest Timothy Hayes, is said to have overdosed on heroin last November on a yacht in Santa Cruz, Calif., after allegedly being injected by Alix Catherine Tichelman. Tichelman is a 26-year-old call girl from Georgia who police said Hayes had an ongoing relationship with.

After Hayes lost consciousness, Tichelman allegedly fled the scene, and police said a surveillance video shows that she stepped over his body several times to gather her belongings, and even took the time to finish a glass of wine before she left. Tichelman was booked into Santa Cruz County Jail for second-degree murder, destruction of evidence, and transporting and providing narcotics, according to the police statement.

"She showed no regard for him," Santa Cruz Deputy Police Chief Steve Clark told the Sentinel. "She was just trying to cover her tracks." Clark could not immediately be reached for comment by CNET.

Hayes, who the Sentinel said formerly worked for Apple and Sun Microsystems, was an executive in the search giant's Google X division, according to posts on Hayes' now-deleted memorial page. Google X develops some of the company's most ambitious projects, including driverless cars and Wi-Fi beaming balloons. Google did not return a request for comment.

The police said the two met on a website called Seeking Arrangements, a site for escorts and potential clients. Authorities have been investigating the case since November, obtaining emails and texts between Tichelman and her clients.

Police arrested Tichelman on the Fourth of July, after detectives lured her to a high-end hotel in Santa Cruz. One of them posed as a potential client, offering more than $1,000 for her services. The investigation is still ongoing.

[Via Santa Cruz Sentinel]

Update, 3:05 p.m. PT: Adds information about Hayes's role at Google.