Remains of three people found in Antelope Valley; officials treating them as suspicious deaths


Homicide detectives on Friday found the remains of three people buried northeast of Los Angeles, with officials saying they’re treating the case as suspicious deaths.

Investigators unearthed the remains in unincorporated Littlerock, a barren desert area in the Antelope Valley, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Investigators arrived in the area Thursday and started digging at a burned-out home and car. By Friday morning, they had found the bones, department spokeswoman Nicole Nishida said.


It’s unknown how long the bones had been buried, and investigators do not have identities.

Detectives have started interviewing people considered “persons of interest.” Nishida said officials are not releasing additional details.

Investigators did not say whether they were trying to connect the deaths to the disappearance of three people last heard from in January.

Jose Jorge Lara Paez, 66; Cuauhtemoc Lara, 39; and Julieta Arvizu, 49, vanished, leaving behind their possessions, and their cellphones had been turned off. Jose Lara’s car was found abandoned in February in Littlerock.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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7:35 p.m.: This article was updated with information about the disappearance of three people in January.

This article was originally published at 5 p.m.