Body found on fire in Altadena identified, name withheld pending notification of family

ALTADENA — A body found set ablaze on an Altadena sidewalk a week ago is no longer listed a John Doe, however investigators withheld the man’s name until his family could be notified, coroner’s officials said Sunday.
The body found burning in the 2600 block of Windsor Avenue April 15 is that of a 70-year-old black man, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Lt. Joe Bale said. His city of residency was not known.
Though the man had been identified, his name was not released pending confirmation that his next-of-kin had been notified of his death, Bale said.
A passing motorist first found the body of the man, bound and the hands and feet and set on fire, according to Los Angeles County sheriff’s and coroner’s officials.
An autopsy has been carried out, but the man’s cause of death remained under investigation pending the results of further tests, Bale said.
No information regarding a possible motive or suspect in the killing has been released.
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