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Man whose body was found burned on Altadena street is identified

April 26, 2012 | 12:50 pm

Map shows approximate location of incident. Click for more information.

After 10 days in the morgue, the Los Angeles County coroner has identified the 70-year-old man who was found on fire on an Altadena sidewalk April 15 as Emmitt Lee Zinn.

Zinn’s identity was determined by his fingerprints, which linked investigators to his driver license, according to Lt. Larry Dietz with the coroner’s office.

He had no listed address and was discovered by someone walking in the 2600 block of Windsor Avenue who called 911. Investigators with the L.A. County Sheriff's Department arrived on scene and pronounced Zinn dead.   

An autopsy revealed that Zinn's feet had been bound and that he had a ligature on one of his wrists. The cause of death will not be known for a few more weeks.

Zinn’s body was found not far from Devil’s Gate Dam, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and a popular trail-head into the San Gabriel Mountains.

There have been 11 homicides in Altadena since 2007, the majority taking place west of Fair Oaks Avenue.

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s homicide bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

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Map: Shows approximate location of the April 15 incident. Credit: Los Angeles Times

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