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

February 7, 2011 |  3:22 pm

Glendale police discovered a body Monday on a hill close to where they earlier found an empty car belonging to a man reported missing several days ago.

Map shows approximate location of the body found Monday in black. The body was discovered shortly after noon Monday on the 1600 block of Glen Oaks Boulevard on the Glendale-Pasadena border. At the time, police were searching for Yoshiya Watanabe, 57, who suffers from memory impairment and other health issues.

He had been reported missing Thursday night from his Rancho Palos Verdes home.

Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said it was not immediately clear if the dead man was Watanabe. A family member was called to the scene Monday afternoon for possible identification of the body.

"At this point, we can't identify the individual until the coroner officially identifies the individual," Lorenz said. "At this time, there does not appear to be signs of foul play, but we have detectives and forensic personnel on scene."

Glendale police found Watanabe's car Sunday near the Scholl Landfill in Glendale, but there was no sign of Watanabe.

After searching until dusk Sunday, Glendale police and Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies resumed their work with canine units Monday in the hilly area. The Sheriff's Department's search and rescue team found the body down a hillside, a short distance from the road.

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Image: Map shows in black approximate location of the body found Monday. Credit: Mapping L.A.

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