Human Remains Found in Malibu Burn Area

LA County Sheriffs

Bone fragments were found in the 4000 block of Latigo Canyon Road in Malibu, according to LA County Medical Examiner-Coroner spokesperson Sarah Ardalani. 

Though the location is in the burn area, the LA County Sheriff’s Department sent out an alert confirming the remains had been there prior to the Woolsey Fire.

“During the investigation, it was revealed that a property owner was surveying the damage to their property when they came across the remains. It was confirmed the remains had been there prior to the recent fires in the Malibu area,” the LASD alert read.

Though the alert about the discovery was sent on Tuesday, Nov. 20, the discovery was made on Thursday, Nov. 15, and reported to authorities on Nov. 17.

The homicide bureau is investigating the cause of death and identification.

There are three total deaths from the Woolsey Fire so far.

The first two occurred in the 33100 block of Mulholland Highway on Nov. 9, the first full day of the fire. According to officials, the bodies were found in a car—they were attempting to escape when the driver became disoriented and flames reached the vehicle.

The third death occurred in the 32000 block of Lobo Canyon Road in Agoura Hills.

All bodies remain unidentified as of Tuesday night, Nov. 20.