Los Angeles County coroner’s officials have determined that skeletal remains found in Gorman are those of a man, authorities said Sunday.
California Department of Forestry personnel made the discovery about 10:10 a.m. Saturday in a ravine near Highway 138 and Old Ridge Route Road (map), according to a statement issued by the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department.
The remote location, in northwest Los Angeles County, is near the area where a brush fire began Friday afternoon and burned 109 acres before it was fully contained.
Based on evidence recovered from the scene, detectives have determined that the man did not die as a result of the so-called Pine Fire, the Sheriff’s Department said.
“Detectives believe foul play was involved and that the victim’s body has been at the location for an extended period of time, possibly up to four years,” the statement 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.
“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.