Charred Body Found on Mt. Wilson Near Wildfire

Published : Thursday, October 19, 2017 | 11:24 AM

Authorities are still trying to identify a charred male body found Wednesday night on Mt. Wilson as firefighters continue to attempt to control a smoldering wildfire.

They could not confirm whether the wildfire was responsible for the death, officials said.

An Associated Press report Thursday, quoting a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department sergeant, said the charred body has been recovered by the coroner’s office, which will try to make an identification.

The body was found Wednesday south of the parking lot at Mt. Wilson Observatory.

The Mt. Wilson fire has burned about 50 acres of the Angeles National Forest and was 35 percent contained as of Wednesday night.

An RMG News report meanwhile said family members were searching for a Sylmar teen who has been missing since Tuesday morning.

Matthew Huerta, the report said, left his home at around 4:30 to 5 a.m. to jog but has not returned since.

Using the mobile Find My Friends app, his friends placed Huerta’s phone in the Mt. Wilson area about the same time the brush fire started early Tuesday in the area.

Crews were using both fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft to drop water on the flames in an effort to prevent the fire from reaching the Mt. Wilson Observatory and communication towers in the area.






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