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Man Found Shot Dead on Trail

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department detectives are still investigating the death of a man found in Altadena Saturday.

Homicide detectives for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department are investigating the circumstances of a man found dead Saturday.

Around 8:14 a.m. the man was found in the 3800 block of Canon Boulevard, according to a LASD release.

The man was apparently shot in the head and it is unclear if it was a homicide or suicide, the Pasadena Star-News reported.

See the full Star-News story here.

Check back on Patch for updates.

What do you think of this discovery in Altadena? Are you ever in the area where the man was found dead?

Rafael Gomez February 16, 2013 at 11:10 PM
very scary. this is right by my house. Would appreciate a follow up to this story.
Linda Roberts February 16, 2013 at 11:13 PM
Two houses away from me and I hike there everyday!
p ungaro February 16, 2013 at 11:59 PM
In the last few years every time I hike I see more and more gang sign and gang members on the trails above Altadena. What I have never seen is a ranger or deputy on the trails. Suicide is bad enough but I sure hope this is not a case of murder.
Greg Lozano-Buhl February 17, 2013 at 12:31 AM
Was there a gun found at the scene? No gun = not likely suicide.
wkc February 17, 2013 at 01:38 AM
It is being investigated as a homicide. Likely a body dump.
not Carl Peterson lll February 17, 2013 at 05:38 AM
Was the body real close to the street, or down the trail? The last time I went that route, the trail falls out of site just west of it. I google Earthed it, and the trail buts right up to Canon. With no street lights.
p ungaro February 17, 2013 at 03:03 PM
(Direct from LASD) Advisory: #Altadena Sheriff's Investigation surrounding deceased male on area riding trail Altadena Sheriff's Station deputies were called out on Saturday morning and are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a man whose body was discovered along a horse trail in Altadena. Lt. Dave Dolson of the Los Angeles County Sheriff?s Department-Homicide Bureau says horseback riders discovered the deceased around 8 a.m. Saturday near Canon Boulevard. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Los Angeles County Sheriff?s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500 Altadena Station Twitter - @ALDLASD Captain Benedict Twitter - @jbLASD Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/AltadenaSheriffsStation www.nixle.com ?Receive crime alerts from Altadena Sheriff?s Station and local government agencies. Visit the Nixle website to sign up. Encourage your friends and family to also sign up. Select Altadena Sheriff's Station community messages under options, and deselect any undesired defaults in order to only receive local messages. Contact Information: Altadena Sheriff Station 626-798-1131 altadena@lasd.org For full details, view this message on the web.
Lori Paul February 17, 2013 at 10:14 PM
The "horse trail" specified by the Sheriffs and news media where the body was found is actually the historic Altadena Crest Trail (ACT), one of L. A. County's multi-use trails. From Canon, that trail rises steeply to the east, which would make carrying a body up hill difficult. In the other direction, the trail is more-or-less level between residences and the hillside. It is uncertain from the news reports exactly where the body was found. The end of Canon is one of several access points for the popular Altadena Crest Trail. Unfortunately, a major gap in the trail exists to the west of Canon where the trail peters out at the northern end of Skylane Dr.
not Carl Peterson lll February 18, 2013 at 03:26 AM
Friday evening I came down fairly late from inspiration Pt. The weather was suddenly warmer than the last few weeks. At about 7:00-7:30 several groups or inividuals were still coming into the Copp estate. But I doubt one could hear a gunshot from the cobb estate since it is one hump over from Canon
MtnManMike February 18, 2013 at 03:44 PM
I hike the Echo Mountain trail several times a week. I frequently see kids heading up the trail in the evening. What are they doing? What were you doing when you were their age? Heading up to enjoy the view, get a smootch, drink a beer, perhaps? A young man recently took his own life at the power towers above Lake, and there are groups going up to that site as well. I feel safe on the mountain. The farther up I go, the safer I feel.
not Carl Peterson lll February 19, 2013 at 05:42 AM
Hey Mtnmanmike, "What were you doing...that age" I can answer that. No I never did that.....Cause I did it in Eaton Canyon. Its all my fault there is a locked gate in the evenings. Perhaps you can help me with another hike question. I finally went over the backside of Henninger, on what was a road decades ago. NOT THE TOLL ROAD. I crossed a small canyon after a few hundred yards, then went another four tenths of a mile. I stopped at the second slide area, which had no true foot setting, and what looked like a 100 mile dead drop cliff below, and the mountain above looks as flakey as a french pastry. I thought I would find a shortcut to inspiration point. Have you ever been this way? Also here is a link from a guy that hiked these areas maybe as far back as the forties. I have not read it all yet. http://www.lafn.org/~dave/eaton_can_hist.html#ss2.3 Jiggy--buzz
S G February 20, 2013 at 05:29 AM
This incident happened aprox 30ft from the end of our driveway. I was very upset at seeing him so close to our home. There are street lights and many homes where this happened. I speculate that outsiders would feel that it's some what desolate and some people would think they could get away unnoticed. We've had some odd items dumped in the area...which helped this conclusion... The loss of the life is horrible, let alone other humans have so little regard for life. All in all.. I am so freaked out that this happened so close to my home. I too hike the trails several times a week and with children, a preschool, people, neighbors and pets all frequenting this trail, I can only hope this is only going to happen once. The top of Lake, I see multitudes of people visiting day and night. I can appreciate more care about the world, than those who do not.

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