A murder victim whose body was found burned on the side of a street in Altadena last weekend may be a transient, according to Assistant Chief Ed Winter of the County Department of Coroner.
As reported by the Pasadena Star-News on Sunday, the victim has been identified as a 70-year-old man, which Winter confirmed with Patch on Monday.
The department is not releasing the identity of the man because they have not yet been able to contact his next of kin. Winter said they have left a message for someone who may possibly be the next of kin.
Winter said they have been unable to figure out where the victim lived, or even whether he was a resident of Los Angeles County. He said he is uncertain if anybody had filed a missing persons report for the victim or not.
The man's body was found in the early hours of Sunday April 15 on the side of the road in the 2600 block of Windsor Avenue. Media reports have stated that his ankles and a wrist were bound, but the Coroner's Department has not confirmed that to Patch.
The victim's cause of death has not been identified: investigators do not know whether his body was burned after he was killed or not. The department is conducting a series of tests to attempt to figure out the cause of death: .
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.