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Body from ravine officially identified

Posted: October 4, 2011 12:23 p.m.
Updated: October 4, 2011 12:23 p.m.
Marvin Gelfand Marvin Gelfand
Marvin Gelfand

The man whose body was pulled Friday from a wrecked car at the bottom of a steep ravine on Lake Hughes Road has been officially identified as 88-year-old Melvin Gelfand.

A spokesman for the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner gave Gelfand's family the news earlier today, said Will Matlack, the deceased man's son-in-law.

"We received word this morning from the coroner that they are 100 percent sure it is him," Matlack told The Signal.

Gelfan's body was pulled from a crumpled Toyota Camry Friday afternoon after it was discovered next to a car that had also gone over the cliff on Lake Hughes Road.

That car, which was found by searchers Thursday evening, was driven by David La Vau, who was found alive six days at the bottom of the ravine.

The cars left Lake Hughes Road at the same spot two weeks apart and plunged 200 feet down the ravine.

Gelfand apparently did not survive the crash.



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