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Body in charred Newhall apartment remains unidentified

Posted: May 5, 2014 5:53 p.m.
Updated: May 5, 2014 5:53 p.m.

A week after finding the body of a man inside a burning Newhall apartment, investigators with the county Coroner’s Department have still to identify the victim, a department spokesman said Monday.

“He’s still John Doe number 96,” said Fred Corral of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Department. “We have no identification yet,” he said. “The body was charred.”

An autopsy was done on the man’s body Thursday, but investigators have “deferred” the cause of his death.

“It came in as accidental,” Corral said.

The case, however, is being investigated by Detective Kenneth Clark of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau.

On April 28, shortly before 11:30 p.m., firefighters with the Los Angeles County Fire Department and deputies with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station were dispatched to the 26700 block of North Oak Crossing Road in Newhall for reports of an apartment fire.

Firefighters arriving at the single-story apartment complex found smoke and fire showing from the dwelling, said Fire Department Inspector Melanie Flores said at the time of the fire.

Flores said the apartment was in “extreme pack rat conditions.”
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NoLawAgainstCommonSense: Posted: May 6, 2014 8:48 a.m.

Really? Can't they just ask the landlord? How about a neighbor?

Unreal: Posted: May 6, 2014 10:06 a.m.

There was only one man who lived there. This is the friendly valley senior complex. He and his wife moved there a few years ago and everything was very nice and neat in their unit. The wife died a couple years ago and the man there was very depressed. I guess that is why it is a mess now.

I hear his son-in-law who is a cop kinda kept an eye out for him. He showed up at the fire and tried to get in but the firefighters told him no, that he did not want to see.

Unreal: Posted: May 6, 2014 10:08 a.m.

He was also a smoker and on medications so falling asleep with a cigarette might have happened.

NoLawAgainstCommonSense: Posted: May 6, 2014 10:21 a.m.

Strange story, from what you're saying, things are known about this guy and it should be fairly obvious who the body belongs to, but they are calling him John Doe. There must be something I am not getting.

Unreal: Posted: May 6, 2014 11:24 a.m.

I would guess there are no fingerprints left and maybe they can't find dental records. They would need to wait for DNA to confirm but I am sure they all know who it is.

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