Coroner’s and sheriff’s investigators Friday located the remains of three people at a property near Littlerock, but there was no immediate word if the grisly discovery was related to the suspicious disappearance of a man and three women in the area in January.
The causes of death were unknown, but detectives were investigating the fatalities as suspicious, said Deputy Armando Viera Jr. of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.
“Homicide detectives are currently interviewing persons of interest related to this case,” Viera said.
None of the three people have been publicly identified and a coroner’s office spokeswoman said the case was under a security hold.
Homicide detectives were sent about 3:55 p.m. Thursday to the 30900 block of 106th Street in an area known as Juniper Hills, according to sheriff’s Deputy Morgan Arteaga. The property had a burned-out structure and car on it.
The sheriff’s department did not disclose how the remains came to light and did not say if the grisly find was related to the disappearance of two men and a woman in the same area in January.
A $20,000 reward was offered by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in April for information in the case of the three, who went missing in January and were presumed dead after they disappeared.
Jose Lara, 65; Cuauhtemoc Lara, 39; and 49-year-old Julieta Arvizu left behind what seemed to be all their possessions, according to authorities.
The elder Lara’s vehicle was found abandoned on Feb. 5 in Littlerock, an unincorporated area of the Antelope Valley where all three lived. Their cell phones were turned off and had not been used since the date they vanished.
Supervisor Kathryn Barger, who recommended the reward, said the families of those missing were in contact with investigators and devastated by the turn of events.
Sheriff’s homicide detectives asked anyone with any information about the case to call them at (323) 890-5500.
Anonymous tips can be submitted through Crime Stoppers by calling (800) 222-TIPS (8477) or at lacrimestoppers.org.
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