Found bones linked to missing man

A set of human remains found near the Pomona Freeway in Montebello may have been there for eight years, officials told reporter Ruby Gonzales.

The remains of a human male skeleton also show signs of having been struck by a car, coroner’s officials said. Here’s Ruby’s update from this morning:

MONTEBELLO – The man whose bones were discovered alongside the Pomona (60) Freeway could have been hit by a car, coroner’s officials said.

The left femur shows a fracture consistent with being struck by a vehicle, according to Lt. Fred Corral of the Coroner’s Office.

Corral said an ID card was found among the clothing which belonged to a man who was reported missing eight years ago. However, he said they are still trying to identify the remains.

Caltrans workers clearing heavy brush in the 200 block of Pomona Boulevard discovered the skeletal remains on Sunday morning.

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Coroner: mysterious death was suicide

EL MONTE — Coroner’s officials said Tuesday that a man found dead outside an office building Sunday committed suicide.
Jerry Huang, 39, was pronounced dead at the scene from “multiple traumatic injuries,” Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Lt. John Kades said.
Huang’s city of residency was not known, he said.
Homicide detectives responded to investigate the death after a security guard discovered the body about 1:15 p.m. in the 9600 block of Flair Drive.

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Body found in car with parking ticket on window*

This story from Pico Rivera comes via the wire services. I’ll post an update later:

The L-A County coroner’s office plans perform an autopsy on the body of a man
who was found in the driver’s seat of a parked car in an un-incorporated area
near Pico Rivera. The body was discovered at Rooks Road and Peck
Roads last night. A parking citation had been left on the car.

*Here’s what KCBS/KCAL is reporting:

Employees at a nearby truck repair shop said the car — a 1980s four-door Lincoln — had been parked there all day, and, at some point, someone placed a parking ticket on the vehicle’s door.

A worker said firefighters who responded couldn’t believe that someone had issued the citation without noticing the deceased man.


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Body found in wash remains unidentified

AZUSA — A decomposed body found floating in the Little Dalton Wash over the weekend remained unidentified Thursday, officials said.
Officials have determined the body, found about 7 p.m. Sunday, is that of a man estimated to be 30-40 years old, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Assistant Chief of Operations Ed Winter said.
The body was first spotted by a passerby, police said.
A cause of death was not determined, Winter said.
Coroner’s officials are continuing to work to identify the body, currently listed as John Doe 142, he said.

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Son suspected in death of dad

If it’s true it’s called patricide.

Here’s what we know:

WHITTIER – A father collapsed and died Thursday after a fight with his son, and the son has been arrested on suspicion of murder as officials investigate what caused the death, authorities said.

The dead man was preliminarily identified as Joe Anthony Valverde, 56, of Whittier, said Los Angeles County Department Investigator Betsy Magdaleno.

His son, 34-year-old Isaac Gutierrez of Whittier, is being held in connection with the death, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said, however district attorney’s officials will review the case and the coroner’s findings to determine whether murder charges will ultimately be filed.

The rest of the story is here.

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“Apparently…were absolutely unrelated”

Here’s an AP version of a pretty grim tale from the streets of East Los Angeles:


LOS ANGELES  — Two dead men at two shooting scenes, separated by less than a mile, and killed about 20 minutes apart.

Monday’s double homicides “apparently…were absolutely unrelated,” said Los Angeles County sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore.

But some residents of the neighborhood in East Los Angeles aren’t so sure.

“I don’t think it’s a coincidence,” Martha Montes, 43, said as she waited behind the crime tape where two men were found dead in the street. “I can’t believe this is not connected. Two shootings like this, only blocks away?”

The first shooting occurred around 1:20 p.m. at a used car dealership, where two men were found dead in the garage area, said Lt. Dave Coleman.

The owner of Jesse’s Auto Sales on East Olympic Boulevard reported that two cars were missing from the lot, and detectives think the gunmen stole those vehicles, Coleman said.

The victims’ identities were not immediately released.

“I can’t believe there are two here and two down there,” said Cynthia Szukala said as she stood near the dealership.

The second shooting occurred about 20 minutes later less than a mile away.

Sheriff’s deputies found two male victims in the street on South Herbert Avenue but weren’t sure of the circumstances surrounding the deaths.

No arrests were reported Monday in either case.

From KNBC:

All of the victims are Latino men, according to sheriff’s deputies.

The suspects at the Olympic Avenue address — Jesse’s Auto Sales — took two vehicles.

One was a gray four-door 2000 Jeep Cherokee with the license plate 4LVE195, and the other was a four-door 2001 Dodge with the license 7Z41469.

Assistant Coroner Chief Ed Winter said that according to reports from the scene, the shooting at the home was gang-related, while the other was a carjacking.

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Sheriff’s deputies and state parole agents waited outside a La Puente home for eight hours Thursday before busting in with tear gas and discovering their wanted man had escaped.

When officers on scene were asked who they were looking for, none knew exactly …. hmmmm

That said, today we have a name and a picture. You are looking at La Puente resident Jesus Ramiro Talamantes, DOB 2/15/72.

He’s on the lam.

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The lady in the lake

Brian Day will have a touching story about Arcadia’s “Lady in the Lake” in tomorrow’s newspaper.

It tells the story of Lainie Cole, Arroyo High School grad, through the eyes of a cousin, and details the mystery surrounding Cole’s death as Sheriff’s detectives and coroner’s investigators piece together her last days.

Cole was found floating in a Peck Road percolation pond late last week. Her death has been classified as “suspicious” but not a homicide.

Apparently, there will be a memorial fund set up by former classmates of Cole’s. Here’s a website Brian points to in his story.

Here’s another apparently affiliated with Arroyo High. Its a memorial for fallen classmates.

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