Human Remains Found at Bluffs Park Still Not Identified

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One week after the discovery of decomposed human remains at Malibu Bluffs Park, Los Angeles County Coroner’s Department official Ed Winter said a positive identification had not yet been made—though they had made strides in the ID attempt.

On Tuesday, Jan. 30, a hiker came across human remains off a trail in the park, though officials at the time said the body was too decomposed to identify its age, sex or cause of death.

On Tuesday morning, Feb. 6, Winter cited the remains as a “John Doe,” saying the body was identified as male. An autopsy was still pending as well as several tests, though coroner’s officials were no longer investigating the site where the body was located.

“We’re done with the site, but we will be conducting the autopsy, possibly toxicology, histopathology, and positive ID,” Winter said. “We have a possible name but we won’t release it until we can confirm.”