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  • 10 July 2014, 11:27

Call Girl Held In Google Exec's Overdose Death

An alleged high-class prostitute has appeared in court accused of injecting heroin into a Google executive on his yacht and leaving him to die.

Alix Tichelman faces manslaughter and heroin charges over the death of Forrest Timothy Hayes at Santa Cruz, California, on 23 November 2013.

The 26-year-old did not enter a plea during Wednesday's hearing which she attended handcuffed and wearing a red prison jumpsuit.

Tichelman did not provide first aid or call emergency services as 51-year-old Hayes developed medical complications and fell unconscious, police said.

Security camera footage from the boat shows her stepping over Hayes' body to finish a glass of wine and gather up her heroin and needles, Santa Cruz police said.

Investigators said she then lowered a blind to conceal the victim's body before leaving the 50ft (15m) yacht, Escape.

"She was so callous that she literally stepped over the victim's body to retrieve her glass of wine... as the victim is laying there dying at her feet," Santa Cruz deputy police chief Steve Clark told CBS San Francisco.

Hayes' body was discovered the next morning by the boat's captain, police said.

Investigators say Tichelman was identified as a suspect after it was determined she had "an ongoing prostitution relationship with the victim".

She is also under investigation in connection with a similar incident in another state, police said, without providing further details.

"There's a pattern of behaviour here where she doesn't seek help when someone is in trouble," the deputy police chief said.

Tichelman, of Folsom, California, was arrested on July 4 in a sting operation by a detective posing as a would-be client.

She agreed a price of more than $1,000 (£582) for the bogus liaison, police said.

Tichelman is said to have boasted during police interviews of having more than 200 clients, including other Silicon Valley executives. 

She allegedly met them through SeekingArrangement.com, which advertises itself as a "sugar daddy" website where "beautiful, successful people fuel mutually beneficial relationships".

Tichelman describes herself on social media as a former journalism student, as well as an "artist/model/stylist/hustler/writer/baddest b**ch/exotic dancer".

She is being held on $1.5m bail.

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