Coroner’s officials release sketches to help identify skeletal remains found in Rio Hondo riverbed in Montebello

1003_NWS_WDN-L-JOHNDOE1Coroner’s officials Wednesday released composite sketches of a man whose skeletal remains were found in a Rio Hondo riverbed in Montebello in late July in hopes of determining his identity.
A bicyclist first reported finding bones about 11 a.m. July 29 in the riverbed adjacent to the 900 block of East Lincoln Avenue, according to Montebello police officials and Los Angeles County sheriff’s investigators, who are assisting Montebello police with the investigation.
The skeletal remains were determined to be human, and authorities launched a death investigation, according to Lt. David Coleman of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau.
After two months of investigation, the man’s name remained a mystery, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Chief of Operations Craig Harvey said in a written statement.
“The remains were determined to be a white or Hispanic male with an age range between 35 and 55 years of age,” Harvey said. “He has a partial denture at the back of his lower 1003_NWS_WDN-L-JOHNDOE2right jaw. No wallet or other identifying papers were found with him or in the surrounding area.”
The skeletal remains had been scattered in the riverbed, apparently by animals, Coleman said.
Information regarding the man’s cause of death or the length of time he may have been dead was not available.
Anyone with information was asked to contact coroner’s Investigator Daniel Machian at 323-343-0754. The Coroner’s Investigations Division can be reached 24 hours a day at 323-343-0714.

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