Body Found in Fairfax District SUV Identified, Person of Interest Named

Steven John Simmons, 32, was found dead inside a parked vehicle from a gunshot wound Saturday

A body found decomposing in an SUV parking in the Fairfax district Saturday was identified Thursday as that of 33-year-old Steven John Simmons, of Running Springs, according to LAPD and coroner's officials.

Police have not determined a motive for what police are investigating a murder, but are looking to speak with a person of interest they identified as Jacob Anthonisen. The nature of the pair’s relationship was not immediately clear.

On Wednesday, coroner’s officials reported that Simmons, then still unidentified, died from a gunshot wound.

Simmons’ body was found Saturday morning in the rear seat of a Cadillac Escalade parked near Willoughby and Genesee avenues (map) after someone called police reporting a foul stench coming from the SUV.

It was found next to the city limit between Los Angeles and West Hollywood, two blocks northeast of Fairfax High School.

Police urged anyone with information regarding the case to contact West Bureau homicide detectives at 213-382-9470 or 1-877-LAPD-24-7.


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