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Man leads authorities to buried remains in El Monte, is arrested on suspicion of murder [Updated]

May 20, 2011 |  8:57 pm

Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies have arrested a man on suspicion of murder after he led authorities to the buried remains of a body in El Monte.

The man walked into the Alhambra Police Department early Friday and told officers they would find remains buried in the backyard of a residence in the 9400 block of Cortada Street, said sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore.

Alhambra police relayed the information to the Sheriff's Department, which asked the county coroner's Special Operations Recovery Team to check out the tip, Whitmore said. After digging at the location, the team found the remains about 3:15 p.m., he said.

The man was arrested and taken into custody. Sheriff's officials are not releasing the name of the suspect because they have not yet identified the remains or notified the next of kin, Whitmore said.

[Updated at 9:30 p.m.: Whitmore said the man is being held on $1-million bail. He said the remains appear to be "a number of years old."]

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