Burned Body Found in Cypress Park

LAPD says body may have been burned to cover up another crime

By John Cadiz Klemack
|  Friday, Jul 29, 2011  |  Updated 12:19 PM PDT
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What responding officers thought might be a trash fire turns into an investigation.

What responding officers thought might be a trash fire turns into an investigation.

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Los Angeles firefighters responded to a trash fire in an alley in Cypress Park Friday morning to find a body among the ashes.

The call came in around 2:15 a.m. in the area of North Figueroa and West Avenue 28.  LAPD Lt. Larry Burcher said the body is that of a male and they have not been able to determined how he died, other than the fact he had been badly burned.

"We do believe he was killed in another location," Lt. Burcher said, "and then brought here where he was intentionally set on fire."

LAFD Battalion Chief Michael Greenup called the neighborhood quiet and said a case like this is very unusual.

"You just don't see things like this around here," Battalion Chief Greenup said, "it's a residential area, not commercial, it's just unusual."

The LA County Coroner is expected on scene Friday morning.  Detectives have part of the area closed off as the investigation continues.

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