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Dismembered body found in Pico Rivera backyard [Updated]

July 21, 2011 |  8:15 am

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Detectives are investigating the death of a young male found in Pico Rivera, who one man says was dismembered and the body parts stuffed into a garbage bag.

The body was found Wednesday evening in the 8500 block of Pico Vista Road, according to Deputy Suzie Ferrell of the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department.

A man at the scene told KTLA-TV that the victim was a 19-year-old gang member whose body was found cut up inside a garbage bag in the backyard of a house.

Neighbors told KTLA that the victim had begun renting the house from an older man about a month ago.

[Updated at 9:08 a.m.: Authorities confirmed that human remains were found. The Los Angeles County coroner's office has not yet identified the deceased, and authorities said they have no suspects.

Investigators urge anyone with information to contact the homicide bureau at (323) 890-5500. Tips can be provided anonymously to Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477, or on the website.

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Photo: Members of the Los Angeles County coroner's office unload equipment in the 8500 block of Pico Vista Road, where the body of a 19-year-old male was found. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

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