Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Car. Photo by John Schreiber.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Car. Photo by John Schreiber.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Car. Photo by John Schreiber.

Updated at 11:30 a.m. July 2, 2015

Remains were found inside an apartment wall in a Lomita housing project, and officials tried to determine Thursday if they are human, but relatives of a woman who was reported missing from the building six years ago said they already suspect they know the identify of the body.

The remains were discovered in the 26800 block of Western Avenue after someone called the Sheriff’s Department with a tip on Wednesday, sheriff’s Lt. Steve Jauch said.

Jauch said the department dispatched scent dogs to the scene. The dogs, which are trained to find bodies, alerted, and the coroner’s office was notified.

Jauch said sheriff’s homicide and coroner’s investigators were back at the scene today to try to determine if the remains are human.

Relatives of Raven Joy Campbell, who lived in the Harbor Hills Housing Project and was reported missing in 2009 quickly responded to the scene, and said they suspect the remains belong to the woman who disappeared at age 32.

The woman’s cousin, Linda Campbell Humphrey, said Campbell’s sister received an anonymous call from someone that led her to believe there was a body in the home.

“She said that she believed that her sister could be buried behind the wall in a downstairs closet,” Humphrey told ABC7 at the scene. “She was very specific, which made us, you know, really check into it.”

Relatives said the unit where the remains were found is the one where Campbell lived with a high school friend, who moved out in 2010.

Jauch emphasized it was too early to determine if there is a crime involved.

“We have had cases where we were told there were human remains found at a location and the remains turned out to not be human, so we are not going to rush to judgment on this,” he said.

Jauch said the residents of the apartment, a family, have been relocated and detectives were trying to determine who lived in the apartment prior to this family moving in. Jauch said he wasn’t sure how long the current residents were there.

“We will probably be here all day but we probably won’t have a cause of death if the remains are human until much later,” Jauch said.

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