LASD Update, 6:58 p.m.:
Sheriff’s Homicide detectives are continuing their investigation regarding the discovery of human remains found today, Saturday, January 19, 2013, in the area of Big Tujunga Canyon Road, mile marker 2.72, Angeles National Forest.
Detectives confirmed that human remains were recovered from the area. The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office has taken possession of the remains. Due to the condition of the remains, age, gender and identification is unknown at this time, pending the coroner’s investigation.
The same day Sarah Alarid’s body was found in a deep ravine off of Sand Canyon Road in the Angeles National Forest – Jan. 9 – emergency responders were investigating a simultaneous report of a shallow grave in the vicinity.
In fact, it was a Sheriff’s Department helicopter crew which, while searching for the grave, reportedly spotted Alarid’s car and led investigators to the location where she met her demise.
The report of the grave had come from a hiker who said he or she made the discovery at mile marker 2.92 on Big Tujunga Canyon Road. Homicide detectives found no body that day other than Alarid’s – but they placed a hold on information about Alarid’s death until they determined whether the two incidents were related. Ultimately they released the information; her death was ruled accidental. She had driven off the road.
Meantime, sheriff’s detectives continued their investigation.
Now, 10 days later, they found something – not at mile marker 2.92, but at mile marker 2.72.
The report from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department follows:
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“On January 9, 2013, Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau detectives responded to Big Tujunga Canyon Road, mile marker 2.92, Angeles National Forest, regarding a hiker who reported finding an apparent shallow grave. No human remains were found at that time.
“This morning, Saturday, January 19, 2013, Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau, along with the Montrose Search and Rescue Team, were searching the area of Big Tujunga Canyon Road, mile marker 2.72, Angeles National Forest, when they discovered human remains.
“Detectives are awaiting the arrival of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office Special Operations Response Team.
“There is no further information available at this time.”
Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Information can be reported anonymously at 800-222-TIPS (8477), or by texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.