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Lancaster man found shot dead in the desert

A Lancaster man was found shot to death in the desert next to his all-terrain cycle, authorities said Monday night.

The victim was identified as Stephen Finson, 47, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.

Authorities said Finson was last seen by family members Sunday and was reported missing about 1 a.m. Monday.

A search was launched, and his body was discovered shortly before 9 a.m. in the 3300 block of East Avenue H in Lancaster. He was pronounced dead at the scene, the Sheriff's Department said.

Investigators had not established a motive for the shooting. 

At least 67 homicides have been reported in Lancaster since January 2007, according to The Times Homicide Report database. Nearly 60% of the victims died of gunshot wounds.

Anyone with information regarding  Finson's slaying is asked to call homicide detectives at (323) 890-5500.


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