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Body confirmed as that of missing Rancho Palos Verdes man

February 7, 2011 | 10:07 pm

A body found Monday on a hill in Glendale has been identified as that of a 57-year-old Rancho Palos Verdes man missing since last week, authorities said.

Yoshiya Watanabe, who suffered from memory impairment and other health problems, was reported missing from his home Thursday night. Glendale police found his car Sunday near the Scholl Landfill in Glendale but there was no sign of Watanabe, Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said.

Police discovered the body shortly after noon Monday in the 1600 block of Glen Oaks Boulevard. A family member was called to the scene to identify the body.

The evidence points to an accidental death, but police are waiting until the autopsy is completed to definitively rule out homicide, Lorenz said. A forensics team went over the scene and collected evidence. The time of death was unclear.

“As far as we’re concerned, it appears to be a very tragic accident,” Lorenz said. “But we’re waiting for the coroner’s determination.” 

The autopsy should be completed within two or three days, said Lt. Joe Bale of the Los Angeles County coroner’s office.


Glendale police find body near site of missing South Bay man's car

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