Excavation continued Tuesday on a Littlerock property where the remains of three people were found nearly a week ago.
Coroner’s investigators were at the scene as heavy equipment was used to dig in at least four different spots marked for excavation in a tree-dotted ravine on the northwest side of the property in an area known as Juniper Hills, according to a videographer at the scene.
Homicide detectives were sent about 3:55 p.m. Thursday to the property, which had a burned-out structure and car on it. They are investigating the fatalities as suspicious, though how the three died and their identities are still unknown, according to Deputy Armando Viera.
The sheriff’s department did not disclose how the remains came to light, nor say whether the grisly find in the 30900 block of 106th Street, was related to the disappearance of two men and a woman in the area in January.
Meanwhile, sheriff’s detectives continued to search for 34-year-old Jesus “Chuy” Guzman, who previously lived at the location and is considered a person of interest in the case, Viera said.
Guzman is Hispanic, 5 feet 5 inches tall, weighs about 150 pounds, and has black hair and brown eyes. He owns a black 2009 Toyota Corolla, California license plate 6SCD663.
A $20,000 reward was offered by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in April for information in the case of the three people who 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 last week that 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.
Tipsters can also call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (8477).
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