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Crews search for possible second body in backyard of Lennox home where corpse was found

February 16, 2011 |  8:33 am

Digging continued Wednesday in the backyard of a Lennox house where investigators discovered a man's body buried.

After exhuming the body Tuesday, Los Angeles County sheriff's investigators said a second body may be buried on the property. The investigation is ongoing, said Sgt. Brian Thomas of the Sheriff's Department.

Summary of violent and property crimes in Lennox from July 12, 2010 to Jan. 9, 2011. Click through for more information in Mapping L.A.

Detectives went to the rundown property in the 4800 block of West 112th Street and Inglewood Avenue Monday night when a woman named Jenny Salazar told them at least one body was buried at the home, Thomas said.

Marcos Lomeli, Salazar's ex-boyfriend, is being sought by authorities in the case, officials said.

The body found Tuesday may that of James Stein, 53, the owner of the house, authorities said. Stein's mother reported him missing Dec. 17, and his wife, Gabriela, has been missing since January, police said.

Authorities had previously described the property as a "drug house."

Information on the exhumed body has not been released, said Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter.

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Image: Summary of crimes in Lennox from July 12, 2010 to Jan. 9, 2011. Credit: Mapping L.A.

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