Police: Woman apparently jumps from Colorado Street Bridge in Pasadena

A woman plummeted to her death Friday after apparently jumping from the Colorado Street Bridge, police said.
The incident was reported about 3:45 p.m. on the east side of the bridge, Pasadena police Lt. Diego Torres said.
The woman, estimated to be in her late 20s, was pronounced dead at the scene, he said.
The investigation was ongoing, however the death initially appeared to be a suicide, Torres said.
“There doesn’t seem to be any signs of foul play,” he said.

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Coroner: siblings found dead inside burning Azusa home all committed suicide

AZUSA – Three grieving siblings found dead inside their burning home faced eviction and apparently entered into a suicide pact following the death of their parents, officials and experts said.

George Alva, 53, Christine Alva, 47, and Barbara Alva, 49, all died after shooting themselves in the head, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner’s officials said.

Records show the house at 525 N. Dalton Ave. in Azusa went into foreclosure in June. Family friend Nola Dewester said the family faced eviction and expected to move out the day they died, she said.

George Alva died from a gunshot wound to the head. The two sisters both died from shotgun wounds to the head, coroner’s Lt. Fred Corral said.


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Coroner: death of man whose body was found burning on Altadena sidewalk ruled a suicide

ALTADENA — The previously mysterious death of a man found bound and on fire on an Altadena sidewalk in April has been ruled a suicide, coroner’s officials said Friday.
A passer-by first reported seeing the body of a man — later identified as 70-year-old transient Emmitt Lee Zinn — engulfed in flames on a sidewalk in the 2600 block of North Windsor Avenue about 6 a.m. April 15, according to Los Angeles County sheriff’s investigators.
Zinn’s legs were bound, and a ligature was found around one of his wrists, according to coroner’s officials.
An investigation by the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner determined Zinn’s death was a “suicide by thermal burns,” coroner’s Lt. Larry Dietz said.
After an autopsy failed to determine how Zinn died, further forensic tests on the body were ordered, a process that generally takes six to eight weeks. But it was more than five months before an official cause of death was determined.
Homicide detectives previously said their investigation hinged on the coroner’s findings. The detective working the case could not be reached for comment Friday.
Authorities described Zinn as a transient with ties to Pasadena. A search of Los Angeles County Superior Court records indicated he had no criminal convictions other than driving without a license and possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia.
Residents of the neighborhood where the burning body was found did not report seeing or hearing anything unusual prior to the discovery.
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Covina police use cell phone to track down suicidal woman

Covina police tracked down a suicidal woman who took a large dose of painkillers Thursday, then parked her car in Glendora to allow the drugs take effect.
A man called police about 10 a.m. to report his wife had told him she had taken a large number of painkillers and was planning to go park her car and die, Covina police Lt. Tim Doonan said.
“We basically devoted all our resources to it,” the lieutenant said. Officers searched via car and helicopter.
“We were actually able to, through the phone company, do a GPS track of her cell phone,” he said.
Officers found her sitting in her parked car, in a parking lot Glendora Avenue and Route 66 in Glendora, Doonan said. She appeared to be suffering from a drug overdose.
“She was semi-conscious, very lethargic,” Doonan said.
Officials rushed her to a hospital for treatment. An update on her condition was not available.
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Suicide suspected after man found shot along San Gabriel Canyon Road in Azusa

AZUSA — The shooting death of a Baldwin Park man alongside San Gabriel Canyon Road in Azusa late Friday is being investigated as a suicide, authorities said.
Police received a report of a single gunshot near mile marker 1775 of San Gabriel Canyon Road, just within the city’s northern boundary, about 8:45 p.m., according to Azusa police Sgt. Andy Sutcliffe.
“(Officers) found a 55-year-old male Baldwin Park resident in the shrubs west of the roadway who had died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound,” Sutcliffe said.
Investigations by police detectives and coroner’s investigators into the death were ongoing.
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Coroner: man struck by train in Pico Rivera committed suicide

PICO RIVERA – A man was struck and killed by a Metrolink train traveling southwest on tracks near the intersection of Whittier Boulevard and Grape Street at 9:16 a.m. Monday, according to sheriff’s officials.
An autopsy concluded the man’s death was a suicide, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Assistant Chief of Operations Ed Winter said. “He stepped in front of the train.”
The Metrolink train was carrying 350 passenger and had departed Riverside en route to Los Angeles when the man was struck, Metrolink officials said. None of the passengers were hurt, they they were delayed for about three hours and were transferred to buses to finish their journey.
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Man shoots self in front of Pico Rivera church

PICO RIVERA – A man shot himself in the chest
with a nail gun Friday afternoon as he sat inside his truck in the
parking lot of St. Francis Xavier Church.

The unidentified man, who sheriff’s officials estimate is in his mid 50s, drove from Yuma, Arizona, to see his ex-girlfriend.

“He was in violation of a court order,” Sheriff’s Det. E.
Callahan said. “Upon our arrival, we were told it was a possible suicide

The incident occurred just before 1 p.m., Sheriff’s Sgt. Jacqueline Sanchez said.

Officials did not release the name of the man or his ex-girlfriend.

Callahan could not say what the girlfriend’s association was with the church, if any.

“When we pulled up, our first priority was to cordon off the
area and stop pedestrian and vehicle traffic to ensure the safety of the
public,” he said.

The detective saw the man shoot himself.

“I heard a pop,” Callahan said. “It wasn’t too loud.

The man was taken to Los Angeles County USC Medical Center.

- Sandra Molina
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Suicide suspected after body found at South El Monte elementary school

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SOUTH EL MONTE — Officials are investigating the discovery of an 18-year-old man’s body found hanging from a piece of playground equipment at an elementary school as an apparent suicide, authorities said.
School employees arrived at Miramonte Elementary School, 10620 E. Schmidt Road, prior to the school day before 8 a.m. and found the body hanging from a piece of equipment on a playground at the south end of the school, Detective Steve Blagg of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau said.
While the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner will perform an autopsy to determine the young man died, Blagg said there were no initial signs of foul play.
The scene appeared consistent with a suicide, Blagg said.
The body was discovered before school started, and officials quickly erected tarps to conceal the area, preventing any students from seeing it.
By the early afternoon, coroner’s officials had removed the body and there were no remaining signs of the investigation.
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Suicide suspected after man’s body found beneath overpass in Alhambra

ALHAMBRA — Officials are investigating the death of a man as a suicide after his body was found Sunday beneath an Atlantic Boulevard overpass over a set of train tracks, police said.
A passer-by called 9-1-1 just before 7 a.m. to report seeing an unconscious man lying near the train tracks beneath the intersection of Atlantic Boulevard and Mission Road, estimated to be slightly more than 30 feet above, Alhambra police Sgt. Kean Oda said.
Officials pronounced the man dead at the scene, the sergeant said.
The investigation was ongoing, and an official cause of death will be determined through a coroner’s autopsy, however it initially appeared the man jumped from the overpass in a suicide, Oda said.
There were no signs of foul play early Sunday, he said.
Though the identity of the man was not available, Oda said the body was not that of missing 35-year-old FBI agent Stephen Ivens, who has been sought by colleagues and family members since he went missing, along with his handgun, from his Burbank home late Thursday. The agent was described as despondent and possibly suicidal.
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Suicide suspected after woman’s body found beneath Colorado Street Bridge

PASADENA — Police are investigating after the body of a woman believed to have jumped from the Colorado Street Bridge was discovered Saturday afternoon.
A person walking by spotted the body about 2:30 p.m. on the west side of the wash beneath the bridge, Pasadena police Lt. Diego Torres said. No one reported witnessing the woman’s fall.
She appeared to have been in her 30s, Torres added.
There were no initial signs of foul play, and the death was being investigated as a suicide.
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