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Burning body may have ignited Sun Valley brush fire, police say

June 22, 2012 |  9:14 am

Los Angeles County Coroner criminalists and a forensic attendant lift a body onto a gurney for transport at the scene where the man's body was discovered early Thursday morning.

A burning body discovered in a small brush fire in Sun Valley is believed to have sparked the blaze in the first place, police said Friday.

The fire was reported about 2:50 a.m. Thursday just south of the 210 Freeway on La Tuna Canyon Road. On Friday, LAPD Lt. Scott Harrelson said the burning body appeared to have ignited the brush fire, but investigators were still trying to determine who or what set the man's body on fire.

The case is being investigated as a homicide, he said.

Coroner’s officials said the body is listed as a "Joe Doe" and has not been identified. Spokesman Ed Winter said an exam on the body could be performed as early as Saturday.

He said full toxicology tests will be performed, with results available in six to eight weeks.  

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-- Matt Stevens

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Photo: Los Angeles County Coroner criminalists and a forensic attendant lift a body onto a gurney for transport at the scene where a man's body was discovered early Thursday morning. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

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