Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

Human remains found behind a wall in a Lomita housing project apartment were positively identified Thursday as those of a woman who lived in the unit and was reported missing in 2009.

“The victim was identified as 37-year-old Raven Campbell,” sheriff’s Lt. Steve Jauch said. The remains were recovered July 2 at the Harbor Hills Housing Project in the 26800 block of Western Avenue, Jauch said.

Family members said Campbell, who lived at Harbor Hills, was 32 when she disappeared in 2009. They said Campbell was mentally challenged and had a son.

Authorities went to the location after someone called the sheriff’s department with a tip, Jauch said.

Jauch said detectives made arrangements with county housing officials to gain entrance into the apartment, whose occupants were relocated to accommodate the investigation.

The sheriff’s department dispatched cadaver dogs to the scene, and the animals, which are trained to find bodies, alerted to human remains. The coroner’s office was given the go-ahead to begin the excavation, and the remains were found.

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

“She said that she believed that her sister could be buried behind the wall in a downstairs closet,” Humphrey told ABC7. “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.

Anyone with information about the case was urged to call the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau, (323) 890-5500; or Crime Stoppers, (800) 222-TIPS.

— City News Service 

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