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Palisades human remains studied in case of missing UCLA student

September 25, 2012 |  8:33 am

Los Angeles police are investigating whether the human remains found by hikers in Pacific Palisades last weekend could be those of a UCLA honors student who went missing over the summer.

Sources familiar with the case stressed that the Los Angeles County coroner will officially determine if the skull, torso and bones found by the entrance to the Los Liones Canyon trail about 11 a.m. Saturday are those of David John Goeser.

The 22 year-old was last seen on Pacific Coast Highway near Coral Beach and Los Liones Drive. His car was found July 25 in Pacific Palisades not far from the trailhead where hikers found the remains.

Goeser, a senior English major, was last seen by his roommates on July 22 in the 1000 block of Roebling Avenue in Westwood. His family went to his house to check on him after not hearing from him in over week, but only found his identification, cellphone and credit cards.

A flier distributed by family members on Facebook said Goeser was under a doctor's care and taking medication at the time of his disappearance and they believed he could be on his way to Vancouver, Wash., via public transportation.

But a posting on the the "Find David Goeser" web page asked for respect for the privacy of the Goeser family.

"Dear friends, we’ve been notified by LAPD that Saturday a body was found in the Pacific Palisades area that fits David’s description," the posting said. "While the family continues to work with law enforcement to confirm the identity, we ask for your prayers and ongoing support."

Coroner's officials said they would try various measures to identify the remains. Anyone with information is asked to call the coroner or the LAPD's West Bureau homicide detectives at (877) 527-3247.

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