Autopsy Completed in Burned Body Case, Cause of Death Still Unknown

After doing an autopsy the department still does not have a cause of death, but one media report says the victim had his ankles bound.

The County Department of Coroner has completed an autopsy on a burned body found in Altadena on Sunday but still does not know the cause of death for the victim, according to department Lt. Larry Dietz.

The department also has not yet been able to identify the victim, Dietz said, though department officials have said it might take a while to do that.

The body of an adult black man was found around 6 a.m. Sunday morning in the 2600 block of Windsor Avenue.  The person who found it saw something burning and discovered the body, according to investigators.

According to a report in the Pasadena Star-News, the victim's ankles were also bound and there are indications that his wrists were as well.

Detectives have so far not made any gang connection in the case and the one key piece of evidence that has been identified to the media is a red Mazda sedan found at the scene that may be connected to the victim.

The lead detective in the case, Lt. Matt Burson, has said that getting identification from the Coroner's Department will be the key to the case--he told Patch on Monday that there have not been any reports of missing persons or other leads to give investigators any idea of who the victim is.

Burson also said that there are not yet any indications that the case is related to recent shootings that have taken place in Altadena.


Natalie April 20, 2012 at 12:28 AM
This is much slower progress than on CIS.
Dan Abendschein April 20, 2012 at 02:22 AM
Yes indeed. I've interviewed a couple of forensics people and they really don't care for that show specifically because it is unrealistic.
Michael O'Neal-Petterson April 20, 2012 at 05:04 PM
But we want to know now! ;-) Thanks for the updates. I'm sure this will fall off the regular news sources, so I'm paying attention to the Patch for the resolution.
Dan Abendschein April 20, 2012 at 05:06 PM
@Michael - Looks like it is going to be a while. I will have another update on the next steps today. Thanks for reading.


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