Hu­man re­mains found

Los Angeles Times - - CITY & STATE - By Anh Do anh.do@la­times.com Twit­ter: @new­ster­rier The As­so­ci­ated Press con­trib­uted to this re­port.

Homi­cide de­tec­tives on Fri­day found the re­mains of three peo­ple buried north­east of Los An­ge­les, and of­fi­cials are say­ing they’re treat­ing the case as sus­pi­cious deaths.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors un­earthed the re­mains in un­in­cor­po­rated Lit­tle­rock, a bar­ren desert area in the An­te­lope Val­ley, ac­cord­ing to the Los An­ge­les County Sher­iff’s Depart­ment.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors ar­rived in the area Thurs­day and started dig­ging at a burned­out home and car. By Fri­day morn­ing, they had found the bones, depart­ment spokes­woman Ni­cole Nishida said.

It’s un­known how long the bones had been buried, and in­ves­ti­ga­tors have not iden­ti­fied the re­mains.

De­tec­tives have started in­ter­view­ing “per­sons of in­ter­est.” Nishida said of­fi­cials are not re­leas­ing ad­di­tional de­tails.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors did not say whether they were try­ing to con­nect the deaths to the dis­ap­pear­ance of three peo­ple last heard from in Jan­uary.

Jose Jorge Lara Paez, 66; Cuauhte­moc Lara, 39; and Juli­eta Arvizu, 49, van­ished, leav­ing be­hind their pos­ses­sions, and their cell­phones had been turned off. Jose Lara’s car was found aban­doned in Fe­bru­ary in Lit­tle­rock.

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