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Body identified as missing Burbank man

Posted: December 23, 2013 5:34 p.m.
Updated: December 23, 2013 5:34 p.m.

SANTA CLARITA - The body of a man pulled from the wreckage of a car found at the bottom of a ravine in the Angeles National Forest three months ago is that of a Burbank man reported missing in July, coroner’s officials have confirmed.

The deceased man was identified last week as 24-year-old Gevork Boyadzhyan, said Assistant Chief Ed Winter of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.

Boyadzhyan was reported missing by a family member July 24.

On Sept. 16, detectives with the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau and coroner investigators were called to an isolated stretch of Angeles Crest Highway where a car had been discovered 400 feet down a ravine, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Rich Pena said at the time.

The vehicle, found at mile marker 65 on the winding highway, was linked to Boyadzhyan, who was last seen leaving his Burbank home July 20 in a white 2010 Lexus.

“The L.A. County Coroner’s office has released a comment confirming the identity of the remains found as that of our (missing person) Gevork Boyadzhyan,” Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn said Monday.

“Although our missing persons case is closed,” he said, “the L.A. (County) Sheriff’s Department still has an open case as it relates to the location of the vehicle and remains at the bottom of the ravine.

“They still have not determined it to be an accident,” Ryburn said.

Last week coroner investigators using identifying genetic DNA taken from the body matched it to that of Boyadzhyan family members, Ryburn said.

The coroner’s office has listed the cause of Boyadzhyan’s death as “undetermined.”
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