Victim’s Name, Details Released in Bluffs Park Murder Case

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Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriffs

The victim in the suspected murder that took place in Malibu Bluffs Park has been identified.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office confirmed that the “John Doe,” whose remains were found in the park in January, was Alexander Wharton, a 47-year-old homeless man. No other information about Wharton was made available.

Last month, sheriff’s officials investigating the case arrested Eduardo Ray Nuñez, 39, and charged him with one count of murder. 

The DA’s office said investigators have placed the date of the crime on or around Dec. 31, 2017, meaning remains were in the park for approximately one month before being discovered by a park visitor on Jan. 30 of this year.

Nuñez, who was described by sheriff’s officials as homeless, will be arraigned in Van Nuys on May 10. 

The investigation is still ongoing, and anyone with information is asked to report it to the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station at 818.878.1808.