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June 5, 1989
An unidentified Latino male, thought to be between 25 and 35 years old, was found lying near the entrance to a Valley Center campground Saturday night with a gunshot wound to his head, sheriff's deputies said. Homicide detectives for the San Diego County Sheriff's Department called the shooting an attempted murder, but say they have no suspects and know of no motive. The man was found lying near the entrance to Lilac Oaks Campground on Lilac Road shortly after 5:30 p.m. A couple driving by the campground discovered the body and drove the man to the California Department of Forestry station in Valley Center.
April 1, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
The confirmed death toll from the Washington landslide continues to rise, with officials confirming Tuesday morning that they have recovered the remains of at least 27 people. The latest tally from the Snohomish County medical examiner said officials have identified the remains of only 19 of the 27 confirmed victims and were working "diligently" to confirm the rest. All of those identified were from Snohomish County and died from multiple blunt-force injuries, according to the examiner's office.
April 13, 2008 | Helen O'Neill, Associated Press
Four days a week, Todd Matthews earns $11.50 an hour working for an automotive parts supplier. After work he drives half a mile to his little beige house on a hill, where he spends the next seven hours immersed in a very different world. The faces seem to float from his computer -- morgue photographs, artist sketches, forensic reconstructions -- thousands of dead eyes staring from websites as though crying out for recognition. "John" and "Jane" and "Baby Does" whose bodies have never been identified.
November 16, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY -- At least 25 bodies have been reported found in two clandestine graves, underscoring Mexico's enduring problems of people who go missing and the dead who are never identified. Nineteen bodies were pulled from a mass grave on Jalisco state's border with Michoacan state, an especially troubled region where drug cartels are battling one another, authorities and armed civilian vigilante groups. An additional six bodies were found in another clandestine burial pit near the tourist-destination city of Acapulco, authorities said Friday.
September 4, 1988
There is a high potential for abuse when hospitals harvest human organs from unidentified patients, as described in the article "Unidentified Man's Heart Used in Transplant" (Aug. 29). Before we begin seeing bird-doggers and bounty hunters out there looking for such "donors," the laws governing this procedure need to be strengthened. For example, what is the specific definition of diligent search ? Granted we have high-tech communications these days, but with the mobility of our society it is possible for people to simply disappear for some time without other family members knowing, or even being concerned, about their whereabouts.
August 9, 2008 | Sam Quinones
A paraglider was killed Friday afternoon in a crash-landing on a hillside trail near Corral Canyon, authorities said. The unidentified victim died at the scene of the accident. The incident was reported at 3:40 p.m., according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
June 15, 1989
The decomposing body of a man in his 40s was discovered Wednesday in the bedroom of a Santa Ana home by an occupant of the house who called police, officers said. Santa Ana Police Sgt. Jim McDaniel said the body of the unidentified man showed signs of "trauma" that indicated a homicide. But he said investigators were still trying to determine the cause of death.
April 17, 1989
Police have arrested two suspects in the fatal shooting Friday night of a teen-ager at Martin Luther King Park in Southeast San Diego. Police Sgt. Nate Caplan said Sunday that Robert Lazaga, 19, of the 6500 block of Broadrick Place and an unidentified juvenile were booked on suspicion of murder. The victim, John Castro, who was shot in the head and shoulder, died after being taken to Mercy Hospital by a Life Flight helicopter.
September 6, 2009 | Jason Song
Police are investigating the death of a woman found burned in a parking lot early Saturday. The unidentified victim was discovered about 8:30 a.m. in the 1800 block of Kettering Street after being reported by a passer-by. Irvine police believe the victim was in her mid-20s and was burned in the parking lot. An autopsy was pending. -- Jason Song
April 27, 1986
If the Stones don't tour, the world will stop revolving. There are just some things our society can't do without, and one is Mick Jagger's bulge prancing about in front of three virtually unidentified Joes. I wouldn't go see them anyway. I think their best years were the years when my top 10s consisted of lullabies. SIVI PEDERSON Long Beach
August 26, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Authorities are working to identify a body that had been run over multiple times overnight on the 110 Freeway in Wilmington. The California Highway Patrol described the body as a 25-year-old white male that was found lying in the fast lane of the southbound 110 Freeway just north of Gaffey Street about 11:55 p.m. Sunday. The body was hit "probably several times," said CHP Officer Ed Jacobs. Two drivers stopped after striking the body, he added. A SigAlert was issued for about four hours early Monday while investigators worked the scene.
July 13, 2013 | Sandy Banks
It started with a noise, a mysterious thump in the middle of the night that sent my dogs bounding down the stairs, barking furiously. I rolled over and tried to go back to sleep, hoping it was nothing more than a raccoon-in-the-garden thing. But the barking didn't stop. And I thought I heard a door downstairs clank shut, though it might have been the pounding of my own racing heart. I was home alone and knew I should go down and check things out. I scanned my bedroom in the dark for something to arm myself with: A shoe, a book, a blow dryer?
May 6, 2013 | By Cindy Carcamo, Los Angeles Times
TUCSON - The harsh Sonoran Desert claims the lives of hundreds of people crossing the U.S.-Mexico border each year. Many of the dead - about 1 in 3 - go unidentified. Now there may be an easier way to put a name to some of the suspected border crossers who died north of the international boundary. On Monday, the Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner and the human rights organization Humane Borders Inc. started an online system that will allow the public to identify the deceased found in southern Arizona - more than 2,000 deaths over 13 years.
March 23, 2013 | By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
A man was critically wounded Saturday in a shooting on the 110 Freeway in downtown Los Angeles that halted southbound traffic for more than two hours. The shooting occurred about 5 p.m. between 8th and 9th streets, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Cecil Manresa. The unidentified victim was shot twice and may have been thrown from a car, authorities said. Los Angeles police were searching for the shooter, who fled in a burgundy or gray Camry with its rear window blown out. Although officials had indicated that southbound lanes might be closed for up to eight hours while investigators searched for clues, two lanes closest to the center divider were reopened by about 7:15 p.m. Caltrans freeway cameras showed that traffic, backed up more than a mile, was loosening up and vehicles were again traveling southbound by 8 p.m. Authorities were investigating whether the shooting might have been gang-related and whether multiple suspects were involved, said Los Angeles police Sgt. John Kirkpatrick.
June 11, 2012 | Staff and wire reports
- The first witness in Jerry Sandusky's trial testified Monday that the former Penn State University assistant football coach sexually abused him as a young teenager on campus and in hotels and later sent him "creepy love letters. " Identified in court papers as Victim 4, the witness said "soap battles" in the shower escalated into inappropriate touching and oral sex. Under cross-examination, he said he felt responsible for what happened to other boys because he didn't come forward earlier.
March 21, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
A day after human remains were found in a West Texas pasture, investigators had yet to identify them, but people couldn't help wondering whether they belonged to a missing cheerleader. Hailey Dunn, 13, disappeared more than a year ago from her Colorado City home about 100 miles southeast of Lubbock. It was still unclear late Wednesday whether the remains found Tuesday near a city-owned airport in Big Spring, about 40 miles west of Colorado City, could be Hailey's. The mother of a person of interest in the case lives in Big Spring.  At a Wednesday news conference broadcast from an airport hangar by KOSA , Big Spring Police Sgt. Tony Everett described the remains as "partially mummified and skeletal," saying it was impossible to speculate about the person's identity or sex. “An anthropologist is going to have to make that determination,” he said.
June 26, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Anheuser-Busch Cos., the biggest U.S. brewer, may be preparing to reject InBev's $46.3-billion takeover offer and announce plans to lower costs and sell off divisions. The St. Louis maker of Budweiser beer may say soon that the Belgium firm's $65-a-share bid is inadequate, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing unidentified people familiar with the matter. The company may also say it plans to eliminate $1 billion in costs over four years, pay a special dividend and study the possible sale of its theme-park division.
June 29, 1989
The Navy may reduce the number of warships patrolling the Indian Ocean but it will not withdraw all of its naval forces from the region, the Defense Department said. "There is no change in our commitment in the Indian Ocean. We will continue to have a presence in the region," the Pentagon said, responding to a story by the Hearst News Service, which quoted an unidentified Administration source as saying the United States has decided to withdraw its naval forces from the Indian Ocean.
November 9, 2010 | By Phil Willon and Stephen Ceasar, Los Angeles Times
Ryan Bonaminio walked into Ramona High School as a shy, greenhorn freshman and left as a Marine Corps ROTC platoon leader, charging head-on into the U.S. Army and two tours in Iraq before returning to his hometown and his dream job. But his career as a Riverside police officer was cut short. Bonaminio, who would have celebrated his 28th birthday Thanksgiving Day, was shot and killed Sunday night next to a dark roadside by an unidentified suspect who remains at large. "He was a good kid. It's a big loss to this community, especially when you're talking about someone who went into harm's way in a combat zone, then came home to protect your city and gets killed in his own backyard," said Sgt. Maj. Henry David Jr., his ROTC instructor.
November 5, 2010 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
Officials at the San Fernando Valley clinic where a porn performer tested HIV-positive last month announced Friday that two rounds of tests showed no other adult film actors had contracted the virus. The performer tested HIV-positive Oct. 9 at the Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation, or AIM, in Sherman Oaks. The clinic routinely tests performers working in the Valley's adult film industry for sexually transmitted diseases and maintains a database of their results. Once the new HIV case was detected, clinic officials created a quarantine list to test performers who had worked with the porn actor, referred to in Friday's announcement as "Patient Zeta.
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