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Body sits in burned structure for 2 days before being discovered [Updated]

August 2, 2011 |  6:19 pm

The burned body of a person who apparently died in a structure fire in Pasadena on Sunday was discovered Tuesday by a private arson investigator probing the scene, police said.

Police said it was unclear why fire crews failed to discover the body after knocking down the early morning blaze in the backyard structure in the 100 block of South San Marino Avenue.

Police and Fire Department investigators have not determined whether the victim is a man or woman or established a cause of death, said Lt. Phlunte Riddle of the Pasadena Police Department.

[Updated, 6:32 p.m.: Investigators have not determined what caused the fire but said the death is "suspicious," the Police Department said in a statement Tuesday evening.]

Police did not say why a private investigator was at the scene. The case was being investigated Tuesday afternoon by police and arson investigators with the Pasadena Fire Department.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at (626) 744-4243.


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Photo: A body is removed from a Pasadena home by members of the Los Angeles County coroner's office. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times