Homicide detectives on Saturday were investigating after possible human remains were found in Gorman, an unincorporated community in northwest Los Angeles County, authorities said.
California Department of Forestry personnel made the discovery about 10:10 a.m. in a ravine near Highway138 and Old Ridge Route Road (map), according to a statement issued by the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department.
L.A. County coroner’s officials responded to the scene, and will determine if the remains are human, the statement said.
The location is near the area where a brush fire began Friday afternoon and burned at least 150 acres. The so-called Pine Fire was 100 percent contained as of Saturday night, the L.A. County Fire Department said.
A skull and a shoe were among the remains, coroner’s Lt. Joe Bale told KTLA, adding that it was unclear if the two objects were connected to one another or the fire.
“Examiners will attempt to identify the remains and the cause of death at a later date,” the Sheriff’s Department said.
Anyone with information was encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477, text the letters TIPLA and a tip to 274637, or visit lacrimestoppers.org.