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Whites Canyon bones remain a mystery

Coroner’s Office trying to match dental records for corpse found

Posted: June 17, 2009 8:27 p.m.
Updated: June 18, 2009 4:30 a.m.

An incomplete set of human bones remains shrouded in mystery more than 2 1/2 years after two boys found them near a Canyon Country park.

Investigators believe the partial skeleton rested on the hillside near Todd Longshore Park for about 10 years.

They believe the bones were those of an adult between the ages of 35 and 60 years old.

Other than that, there are more questions than there are answers.

“Somebody out there somewhere is missing this person,” said Deputy Coroner Dana Bee of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office. Bee heads up the skeletal recovery team based in Lancaster.

He said investigators are trying to match an intact mandible to missing-person dental records on file with both the state and federal justice departments.

How the person died may never be known, Bee said.

The initial discovery was made on Thanksgiving 2007 by two teen boys climbing a hillside near the park. In the following months, investigators found more bones, including a rib, partial fingers and foot bones and bone fragments.

The remains were found in a canyon that was ravaged by wildfires in October 2007, leaving the bones severely charred.



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