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Neighbor smelled smoke from Hemet home where human remains were discovered [Updated]

Neighbors on Bluejay Way, a quiet housing tract near Harmony Elementary School in Hemet, expressed shock today as news filtered in about the charred remains found at a house on the street.

Robert Rotsolk said he smelled what seemed like a bonfire coming from his neighbor's backyard two Sundays ago about 6:30 p.m. and reported it to the police.

"It smelled like pallets burning on the beach," he said.

Hemet police came on Tuesday and found the first set of remains in the backyard. They are investigating whether the remains belong to any of three 17-year-olds who disappeared without a trace a week ago. Two of the teens were seen at the home earlier.

One of the teens, Jose Campos, lived at the single-story gray house. The two others, Felicia Sharpe and Adrian Rios, also are from Hemet. Police said the remains are not those of Sharpe. [Updated at 2:08 p.m.: A previous version of this post misspelled Sharpe's name as Sharp.]

[Updated at 2:16 p.m.: Police said at a news conference today that Sharpe has been located and she is being questioned by investigators, and that they have found additional human bones in the shallow grave in the backyard.]

Alex Franco and his two sons watched investigators sift through the garage of the home. Boxes were stacked on the pavement as forensics teams combed the place for more evidence.

"I have seen police and undercover officers going in there for the last few days," Franco said. "It's very strange. I can't believe this has happened in this neighborhood. "

Laura Carmona, 17, has known Rios since sixth grade. She said she meets with his family every night at 7 to pray the rosary in the hopes that the charred body parts aren't his.

"He was a typical teenager who sometimes got into trouble," she said. "He was best friends with my cousin and was always at my house. I hope for his mom's sake it's not him, but we have been hearing rumors that it is him."

Police are expected to release more information at a 2 p.m. news conference.

-- David Kelly in Hemet

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Comments () | Archives (7)

Where were the homeowners when the firing was burning? If they weren't home at the time, didn't they see anything amiss when they did return? How can you build a fire so hot as to cremete a human body without leaving lots of evidence that fire had been there?

Marlene, get real.... these crimes are commited because we have turned into a country that blames the victims rather then the criminals. The criminals get the justice . we have gone so far to the left that we have voted to protect the criminal rather then the whole. Just read the headlines, everyday we have children vanishing who knows where, and they end up dead by the hands of some idiot who should be taken out and shot. We have no more " men " left in this country and are run by pinko commie lawyers and 1960's pot heads. Heads should be rolling! Enforce the death penalty for the sake of our children.

Kudos Fred. It's good news that Miss Sharpe was found, hopefully she will be able to provide some information that will lead to the apprehension of the murderer(s). I worry that I am an overprotective parent but not when I read these kinds of stories.

I don't know. These kids were likely asking for trouble. Have you seen their myspaces? Pothead, gangbanging, gun-wielding cholos who probably messed with the wrong crowd. And neighbors have come out talking about who these kids hung out with and how much bad news they were. It's sad cause they were so young, but you've got to be smarter about your decisions or suffer the not-so-surprising consequences.

I used to go to school with adrian we had very hard times but he didnt deserve to get killed if this is true that he is dead and if the other two teens did this murder they need to serve some harsh time,Because they pretended to be his friend for a while i remember them from west valley they all hung out as a group, Damn ! Hemets Getting Worse and Worse Each Year When Will it stop !!!! for every other teen reading this be mature about it and just know life isnt promised everydday you can be gone in a blink of an eye

R.i.P ADRiAN=[

how could someone kill,in a small town [[hemet]]
i knew adrian and his family.
he was in to drugs and told his mom he would stop.
but he kept on his mom told him
not to hang around with those friends of his but
he didnt understand why i guess he learned the hard way
i hope those teens who killed him pay for what they did
noone should have to die like that.


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