Remains found by hikers in Los Padres National Forest have been identified as the body of a 15-year-old Woodland Hills boy last seen Aug. 6, Santa Barbara County authorities said Monday.
Lt. Michael Burridge, a Sheriff's Department spokesman, said the body of Nicholas Sam Markowitz was discovered in a shallow grave Saturday. His family had reported him missing four days earlier.
An autopsy conducted by the Santa Barbara County coroner's office revealed that Nicholas died from multiple gunshot wounds, Burridge said.
Sheriff's detectives had not yet determined where the teen was killed, said Burridge, who would not say what type of weapon had been used. The department sought the public's help in solving the slaying.
"We're hoping someone may have seen him in the Santa Barbara area before his death," Burridge said.
Ten Santa Barbara detectives spent Monday in Woodland Hills talking with family members and planning the investigation with detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's West Valley Bureau, Burridge said. LAPD officials referred questions to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department.