A man and woman were found dead Friday in a burning Diamond Bar home, and the fire has been deemed suspicious.
The blaze was reported about 5 a.m. in the 3600 block of Crooked Creek Drive, and it took firefighters about 40 minutes to knock down the flames. The badly burned bodies of two victims were found in a bedroom, along with the charred remains of a dog.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has confirmed the identities of the home’s three residents: 66-year-old Linda Venti, 75-year-old John Venti and their son, 33-year-old Ryan Venti.
Sheriff’s homicide Lt. John Corina said the deceased victims are believed to be Linda and John Venti, a married couple, and investigators are searching for Ryan Venti, who they want to question.
“Sheriff’s arson detectives are assisting with determining the origin and cause of the fire,” according to Deputy Joana Warren of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau. “At this time it appears the fire may have been intentionally set.
Due to the suspicious nature of the fire and the fact that Ryan Venti appears to be missing and has not returned to the house, detectives are actively looking for him so they can speak with him in an attempt at determining what occurred at the residence. He is not a suspect at this time.”
Corina said investigators were working to determine if the victims were killed before the fire.
Arson investigators were called in, and authorities told reporters at the scene an accelerant may have been used inside the two-story home.
Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt. Tony Imbrenda said there were no working smoke detectors inside the home.
Anyone with information was urged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Anonymous tips can be submitted to Crime Stoppers by dialing (800) 222-8477.
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