Burned Body Found in Castaic Area

The body was discovered off Lake Hughes Road early Wednesday morning

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    An aerial view of the site at which a burned body was discovered Wednesday Sept. 4, 2013 in the Castaic area.

    A burning body found by a bicyclist in Castaic likely is not that of a missing college student, though the gruesome discovery was made near the same area where a 19-year-old's empty car was found crashed on its side, authorities said Wednesday afternoon.

    Los Angeles County firefighters found the remains after a report of a brush fire at 6 a.m. on Lake Hughes Road in Castaic, about 40 miles north of Los Angeles.

    The male body has not been identified. Authorities said it was clothed and found with evidence around it, though they would not give further details.

    Aerial video showed several Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department vehicles along Lake Hughes Road. The body was located on the side of the two-lane road.

    Authorities are conducting a search for a missing college student north of the location in the Castaic Lake area, but there was no indication the discovery is connected to that investigation.

    Lt. Wes Sutton, with the LA County Sheriff's Department said the discovery was likely an "isolated incident."

    The search for Laspisa continued Wednesday afternoon.

    Arson investigators responded to the site of the burned body, which was still burning when firefighters arrived. A bicyclist contacted authorities to report the fire.

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