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News Release

Monday, July 14, 2003

Media Relations

Identity of Dismembered Man Sought


Los Angeles Police Department’s Newton Area Homicide Detectives

Detectives Requesting Public’s Help in Identifying Homicide Victim

Wednesday, July 16, 2003 at 10:00 a.m.

LAPD Newton Area Station, 3400 South Central Avenue, Red Davis Room

Los Angeles: On June 25, 2003, at about 7:55 a.m., Newton Area patrol officers responded to a dead body investigation at 754 East 12th Street. Behind the building at that address, the officers discovered multiple plastic trash bags containing human body parts.

Homicide investigators were called and determined that the victim was an adult male with an approximate age of 25 to 35 years. The race of the victim has not been determined at this time. Detectives believe that the man was murdered somewhere else and his body was dumped at this location. The motive for the murder is unknown at this time.

LAPD Newton Area Detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying the victim. A photo of the deceased male will be available at the press conference along with photos of the initial crime scene.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the Newton Area Homicide Detectives at 323-846-6556. On weekends and during off-hours, contact the 24-hour toll free number at the Detective Information Desk, 1-877-LAWFULL, 1-877-529-3855.

This press release was prepared by Public Information Officer Renee’ Montoya, Media Relations Section, 213-485-3586.


On Wednesday, July 16, 2003, upon watching a news coverage of dismembered murder victim, a relative of the victim contacted Newton Area Homicide Detectives. The murder victim has been positively identified as Clinton Mejia of South Los Angeles.