Updated: Burned Body Found in Altadena

Authorities are looking into the circumstances surrounding a burned body found Sunday morning.

Updated 1 p.m: A red Mazda sedan (pictured at right) at the scene has been towed away be investigators.

The body has been removed from the scene by the Coroner's Department, and investigators are beginning to leave the scene. A small circle of people was seen praying at a street corner near the scene.

"We just needed to pray for this man," said resident Raequel London.

Updated 11:37 a.m: Long-time residents of the neighborhood around Windsor told Altadena Patch Sunday morning they have not not seen any significant problems with violent crime in the area.

"No, not at all don't let anybody say that," said senior citizen Helen Walker, an area resident who had come out to the crime scene.

She said it is a very friendly neighborhood.

"There are kids down the street who come by all the time to visit me," Walker said.

Resident Virginia Heredia echoed those sentiments.

"It's very unusual....all our kids grew up here and it's always been very quiet," Heredia said.

Detectives have not yet said whether the body was dumped in the neighborhood or whether the death of the person actually happened there.

So far, none of the residents who spoke with the Patch reporter on scene have said they heard or saw anything related to the crime.

Updated 10:55 a.m:  Lt. Matt Burson of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, the detective on the scene, told media that the victim has been identified as an adult black male, but because of the extent of the burning, it will take some time to make a positive identification of the person.

Burson said the bystander who found the body had thought it was trash burning on the sidewalk and went to investigate.  It appears that when that passerby arrived on the scene, the victim was already dead.

However, he said that the coroner's department does not yet know whether the victim was dead when he was set on fire or not.  The cause of death is still unknown.  

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Homicide Bureau investigators at (323) 890-5500. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call "Crime Stoppers" by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), or texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org

Updated 10:42 a.m: Detectives and coroners are at the scene and are looking at a maroon sedan that is parked on the block.

The victim is an adult male, according to a release from the Sheriff's Department, and his body was found on a sidewalk.

No word yet on whether the crime is related to shootings that took place on Thursday and Friday.

Original: Sheriff's homicide detectives are investigating the death of a person whose body was found burned outside in the 2600 block of Windsor Avenue in Altadena early Sunday morning.

It has not been determined if the burning was the victim's cause of death, according to Sgt. Randy Tuinstra of the Sheriff's Department, who added the call came in at around 6 a.m. Sunday morning.

There was no information on suspects available. 

Check back with Patch for more details on this story later in the day.

Steve Lamb April 18, 2012 at 07:03 PM
I agree with this also and BTW True Freedom- we know who shot JFK- it was a team of assassins who were CIA employees connected with the bay of pigs operation and E. Howard Hunt said so on his death bead while he was being tape recorded. The case is really closed, and it was who Garrison said it was, all along.
Lisa Hastings April 18, 2012 at 10:02 PM
This is very sad.
Donna October 11, 2012 at 08:11 AM
T his is very sad how can they now say its a suicide
Lovely Altadena October 18, 2012 at 09:29 AM
Donna, apparently from evidence at the scene along with interviews of the deceased's family/friends and evidence at his home the coroner was able to make this determination. There was also a witness. It's sad, seems like a tough way to go.
Abraham Watts January 10, 2013 at 02:24 AM
And you jerks blamed it on the crips who haven't stirred up trouble in years and have stated they want to help the community.


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