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News Release

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

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Los Angeles:  The body of a male individual between 30 and 40 years old was found in the trunk of a burning vehicle Monday night in an alley in Arleta.  Detectives are asking the public’s help to solve the case.

Around 10:20 p.m., the fire department received a call of a dumpster fire in an alley off Vena Avenue and terra Bella Street in Arleta.  The alley is named Garber Street.  When firefighters put out the burning car, they discovered the body inside the trunk.

“The cause of death was not apparent.  An autopsy should assist in determining the cause and manner of death,” said Lieutenant Paul Vernon.

Due to the circumstances of the case, Robbery Homicide Division assumed investigative responsibility.

Anyone with information is urged to call Robbery Homicide Division, at 213-486-6890.  During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247).  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).  Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to, and click on "Webtips” and follow the prompts.