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UPDATE: Body found near Gorman ID’d as Los Angeles man

Posted: July 28, 2014 11:51 a.m.
Updated: July 28, 2014 5:16 p.m.

Homicide detectives have identified the murder victim whose skeletal remains were found near Gorman, a detective heading up the investigation said Monday.

The man whose skeleton was found on a charred hillside near Gorman was 32-year-old Ricardo Lopez of the Athens area of Los Angeles, homicide Detective Karen Shonka said.

“He was identified through DNA from his femur,” Shonka said. “We met with the man’s family on Thursday.”

Lopez was reported missing by his family Feb. 9, 2011, Shonka said.

His skeletal remains of Lopez were found in March on a charred hillside near Gorman after a brush fire denuded the area.

“He told his mother that he was going to meet some friends and he never returned,” Shonka said.

Detectives are still looking for the car he drove that day, which belonged to his mother — a 2003 gold-colored Ford Focus.

“He left his home Feb. 6, which was Superbowl Sunday,” Shonka said. “We’re just going to have to get in contact with any friends he had.”

Coroner’s investigators revealed Sunday that the decomposed body found in mid-March by firefighters battling a 100-acre brush fire is that of a 32-year-old Hispanic man.

Since March 17, when Shonka said he was the victim of foul play, Lopez was identified only as John Doe No. 59.

Shonka and other detectives scoured the charred remains of a hillside in Gorman looking for clues after the body was discovered. They had ruled the death a homicide and were collecting bits of bone and other material in a bid to find out who the victim was and what killed him.

“There were some injuries to the skull and at least one that leads us to believe a firearm was involved,” the detective said.

On Monday, Shonka said she was still waiting on the coroner’s report.
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Unreal: Posted: July 28, 2014 3:49 p.m.

I sure hope it was not any of his "friends" who did this. It is such a betrayal if it was. That football guy Hernandez really ticks me off that the guy he killed thought he was spending time with a friend. I know all murder is of course awful but when it is someone you trust and they betray you it is so awful.

I am glad his family knows what happened to him and can mourn him now.

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Rick54: Posted: July 30, 2014 8:57 p.m.

Can't help but wonder what kind of bigoted, imbecilic comment was made that it had to be removed.

DMeyer: Posted: August 1, 2014 9:03 p.m.

For whatever reason my comment was removed. I inquired if this murder was related to drugs or other nefarious activity. I looked up The Signal's comments policy and I don't see why they chose to remove it.

This is what The Signal has on their website:

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Rick54: Posted: August 1, 2014 9:58 p.m.

Perhaps, had they not given his name and ethnicity you might not have asked that question. Just a wild guess on my part.

DMeyer: Posted: August 2, 2014 1:26 a.m.

Understandable, but I was more keyed in on where he is from, Athens area is plagued with gangs and drugs.

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