A burning body was discovered Wednesday near Castaic Lake, close to an area where authorities have been searching for a missing 19-year-old man.
Firefighters responded to a call of a brush fire at 6:04 a.m. about three miles north of Lake Hughes Road, said Los Angeles County fire supervisor Bernard Peters. It took fire crews 18 minutes to reach the blaze.
"We got there and it was what appeared to be a body," Peters said.
The person was pronounced dead at the scene.
"We have no idea who this is," said L.A. County sheriff's Sgt. Rich Nagler. "We are waiting for homicide [detectives] and the coroner's to arrive."
Since Friday, authorities have been searching Castaic Lake for 19-year-old Bryce Laspisa, whose pickup truck was involved in an accident in the area.