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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

LASD Homicide Dets Responded to Investigate the Finding of Human Remains, Chaney Trail Near Echo Mountain, Altadena

Los Angeles County Sheriff DepartmentLos Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide detectives responded to Chaney Trail near Echo Mountain, Altadena, to investigate the finding of human remains.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide investigators and members of the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner have recovered bones, which were found by two hikers in the afternoon of Sunday, February 21, 2016. The hikers were on the Chaney Trail near Echo Mountain above Altadena when they discovered two bones which appeared to be human. They left the bones where they found them, but took pictures of them to show the deputies and coroner’s office personnel.

Due to the late hour and darkness setting at the time of the discovery of the bones, homicide investigators and coroner’s office investigators waited until this morning to recover the bones and look for other bones. According to coroner’s office investigators, the bones appear to be human and it looks like they may have been there for several years.

The area the bones were found is not easy to get to, but is a popular hiking destination in the Angeles National Forest.

Homicide Bureau and coroner’s office investigators will now attempt to identify the person by researching missing person’s reports and possibly dental records.

The investigation is on-going and there is no additional information available at this time.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), or texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or by using the website

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