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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Police investigate bomb threat at Montebello shopping mall

MONTEBELLO – Police sounded the all clear Friday after investigating a telephoned bomb threat at the Shops at Montebello, authorities said.
The incident began just after 11 a.m., when Montebello police received a call on the station’s non-emergency line and made a bomb threat against the Shops at Montebello, Montebello police Lt. Mike Flores said.
The caller stated that there were “four explosives set to go off at 5 p.m.,” the lieutenant said.
With help from Monterey Park police and Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies, Montebello police searched the mall, which remained open.
“We searched the entire premises. We were unable to locate any suspicious packages,” Flores said.
Officials deemed the mall safe about 1:45 p.m.
It was not clear if the threat was related to three similar ones made to Temple City schools over the past three days, Flores added. But the possibility was under investigation.

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Montebello man fatally struck while crossing 60 Freeway in Industry following car breakdown

INDUSTRY — A Montebello man died late Friday after he was struck by two vehicles while trying to cross the 60 Freeway after the car he was riding in broke down, authorities said.
Roger Reyna, 30, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, California Highway Patrol Officer Francisco Villalobos said.
The collision was first reported about 8:40 p.m. in the westbound lanes of the 60 Freeway, just east of Crossroads Parkway in Industry, CHP Officer Patrick Kimball said.
Prior to being struck, Reyna was a passenger in a car being driven by his mother that had broken down on the eastbound side of the freeway, Villalobos said. He exited the vehicle to seek help, and attempted to cross the freeway.
“He crossed all lanes of the eastbound 60 and was crossing the westbound lanes when he was struck by a vehicle in the No. 6 lane,” Villalobos said. “He was subsequently struck by a second vehicle in the No. 6 lane.”
A 27-year-old La Puente man who was driving the 2004 Chevrolet Avalanche that first struck Reyna, as well as a 50-year-old Corona man who was driving the 19988 Acura TL that struck the man afterward remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators, Villalobos said. No arrests or citations were made as the incident remained under investigation.
CHP logs indicated a caller reported seeing a man walking along the side of the road at 8:38 p.m. One minute later, it was reported that the man was seen near the center divider.
A CHP officer arrived on-scene at 8:40 p.m., but the man — later identified as Reyna — has already been fatally struck, logs show.
Officials issued a Sig Alert for the three right-hand lanes of the westbound 60 Freeway for more than an hour as they investigated the scene.

- Brian Day and Ruby Gonzales

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Pedestrian fatally struck by train in Montebello

MONTEBELLO — A man was hit and killed by an Amtrak train Thursday night.
The fatal collision happened at 7:26 p.m. around Sycamore Street and Carob Way.
Coroner’s officials said it was reported as a suicide.
It appears the man lay down on the tracks, according to Montebello Police Lt. Kelly Gordon.
Amtrak notified Montebello police.
Gordon said the case is being handled by Amtrak police and the coroner’s office.
The man was still unidentified as of Friday morning.

- Ruby Gonzales

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UPDATED: Motorcyclist dies in Montebello Blvd. crash

MONTEBELLO — A man died after his motorcycle struck a light pole along Montebello Boulevard late Thursday, officials said.
Nicholas Andrew Hovermale, 22, of Montebello died in the crash, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Assistant Chief of Operations Ed Winter said.
He was southbound on Montebello Boulevard, just south of Liberty Avenue, shortly after 10:30 p.m. when the crash occurred, Montebello police Lt. Mike Flores said.
“He appeared to have lost control and collided with a light pole,” Flores said.
Paramedics pronounced Hovermale dead at the scene, officials said.
The investigation was ongoing.

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Human remains discovered in Montebello

MONTEBELLO — Homicide detectives are investigating after human remains were discovered along Lincoln Avenue Wednesday, officials said.
The discovery was reported along the Rio Hondo riverbed adjacent to the 900 block of East Lincoln Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s and Montebello police officials said. The find was reported by a bicyclist early Wednesday afternoon.
Montebello police Lt. Michael Bergman said the remains, initially described as skeletal and “minimal.”
The remains had been there “some time,” Lt. Dave Dolson of the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau said. A more specific time frame was not available.
The bones had been scattered, apparently by animals, Dolston added.
Detectives from the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau were helping Montebello police with the investigation, and anyone with information was asked to contact the bureau at 323-890-5500.

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UPDATE: Carson man killed in Montebello motorcycle crash

MONTEBELLO — A 39-year-old Carson man was killed Wednesday when his motorcycle hit a truck Wednesday afternoon.
Francisco Estrada Jr. died at the scene of the 1:38 p.m. crash in the 6900 block of Washington Boulevard, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Lt. Larry Dietz said..
Montebello police Sgt. Larry Jackson said a Penske truck was backing into the westbound lanes to enter a business.
Estrada, who was westbound on Washington Boulevard ,collided with the side of the truck, he added.
The rider died at the scene.

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Police: Same man robs Montebello donut shop twice in two weeks

MONTEBELLO — A man robbed a Montebello donut shop early Tuesday and is suspected of robbing the same shop last week, authorities said.
The most recent crime took place about 1:45 a.m. at Sunshine Donuts, 201. E. Beverly Boulevard, Montebello police Lt. Michael Bergman said.
The robber entered the store and motioned as if he had a handgun, though no gun was seen, the lieutenant said.
He threatened to kill the employee and demanded money, Bergman said. He fled without about $40.
Police described the robber as a Latino man in his mid-20s with a his right arm sleeved with tattoos. He wore a white cap, a black T-shirt and black sunglasses.
Bergman said the man was beleived to be the same robber who held up the donut shop last week.
According to police logs, a robbery was reported at the same location about 1:55 a.m. July 8. Further details were not immediately available.

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Man dies after confrontation with Montebello police

MONTEBELLO — A man died early Friday following a struggle with Montebello police officers in which in officer suffered a broken arm, officials said.
The name of the man was not released pending confirmation that his family had been notified, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Assistant Chief of Operations Ed Winter said. He was initially described as a Montebello man in his 40s, though it was unclear if he lived at the home where the incident unfolded.
He died at a hospital just under an hour after the incident, which took place about 12:15 a.m. in the 1000 block of Carob Way, just south of Washington Boulevard, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said in a written statement.
The officers went to the home after the man called to request medical help, Deputy Aura Sierra of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Headquarters Burea said. It was unclear what type of medical problem the man was experiencing.
“Upon arrival, the suspect exited the house and began to fight with the officers,” Sierra said. “The officers used physical force and a Taser to subdue the suspect.”
The man showed signs of a medical issue and was taken to Beverly Hospital, where he died at 1:12 a.m., Winter said.
According to coroner’s documents, Winter said, “He was hostile. They restrained him. While restrained, he became unconscious.”
An officer suffered a broken arm in the scuffle, Sierra said. He was treated and released at a local hospital.
Montebello police deferred all comments to the sheriff’s department.
By late Friday morning, a few pieces of medical supplies such as alcohol swabs discarded on a front lawn were the only signs of the incident.
No one answered the doors at a duplex that sits behind the yard.
Neighbor Jose Jimenez, 48, who is blind, said he heard what sounded like five male voices yelling before police arrived.
Another neighbor, Rosario Silva, 60, said from her apartment, she heard police yelling repeatedly for someone to show them his hands.
“They repeated it many times,” she said, adding that she estimated the officers repeated the command about 10 times.
Silva said she did not see what occurred between the man and police officers.
Detectives from the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau are spearheading the investigation, and anyone with information was encouraged to contact the bureau at 323-890-5500.

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Local, federal officials target gangs in Montebello

MONTEBELLO — A task force made comprised of both local and federal law enforcement officers took part in a large sweep targeting gangs in Montebello early Wednesday, culminating a lengthy investigation that has resulted in the arrest of multiple murder suspects, authorities said.
Agents from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms joined Montebello police and other agencies in Wednesday’s raids, which came at the end of an investigation that’s been underway for several years, Montebello police Lt. Luis Lopez said.
Further details of the operation were to be released at a press conference late Wednesday morning.

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