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Charred human remains found; Hemet police seek link to missing teens

November 25, 2009 | 11:18 am
Hemet
Hemet police this morning were excavating a backyard in a suburban neighborhood after burned human remains were found there. Detectives are trying to determine whether the human remains are linked to the disappearance of three Hemet teenagers two weeks ago.

One of the teens, Jose Campos, lived at the home on the 1400 block of Bluejay Way, police said.

Aerial Lt. Dean Evans told reporters outside the house this morning that detectives have not identified the remains and are not sure whether they belong to any of the three teens. Evans said DNA testing is needed and could take several weeks to complete.

The other teens are Felicia Sharpe and Adrian Rios. All three are 17 years old.

According to the Press-Enterprise, the teens were last seen earlier this month at Campos' home, where they were watching a football game. Families posted fliers around the neighborhood, and police searched the home in the last week, according to the paper.

-- Andrew Blankstein

Photos, from top: A forensic investigator dusts a box of laundry soap for fingerprints outside the garage of a home where human remains were found in the 1400 block of Bluejay Way in Hemet.  Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times.  An aerial view of the site of police excavations in Hemet. Credit: KTLA

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