UPDATED: Detectives, coroner’s officials examine human bones discovered on Pasadena hillside


PASADENA >> An investigation was underway Thursday after a Caltrans crew clearing brush near the 134 Freeway discovered human bones on a hillside just south of the Rose Bowl, officials said.
The bones were found by a work crew about 1:15 p.m. on a residential hillside along Linda Vista Avenue, just south of Fern Drive, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Chief of Operations Craig Harvey said.
As the investigation continued into the afternoon, “The L.A. County Coroner confirmed they’re human remains,” Pasadena police Lt. Vasken Gourdikian said.
0523_NWS_PSN-L-BONES2No further description of the bones was available, and it was not clear if foul play was involved in the death.
“We’re treating it as a crime scene until we prove otherwise,” Gourdikian said.
The Caltrans crew was clearing brush when they came upon the bones and notified police, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
Pasadena police homicide detectives were also summoned to the scene, police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
The remains were expected to be turned over to a forensic anthropologist for examination, Harvey said.
Coroner’s investigators called off their work as night fell, but planned to return with the coroner’s Special Operations Response Team Friday during daylight hours to continue the investigation, coroner’s Investigator Kimberley Arnold said.
The SORT team is called upon when a coroner’s investigation requires excavation.
Nearby resident Curtis Autenrieth, 59, said many transients often camp beneath the 134 Freeway overpass, just a stone’s throw away from the hillside where the remains were discovered Thursday. He added he thought the hillside an unlikely place for a criminal to dispose of a body, as it sits within yards of Linda Vista Avenue, which is well travelled by both vehicles and pedestrians.
“With the amount of transients that are right across the street, it’s highly probably in my mind that a transient just went to sleep there and died,” he said. “It’s unfortunate.”

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