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Body found encased in concrete; detectives probe 'feud'

January 1, 2013 |  9:38 am

Approximate location of body shown in black.

Authorities are trying to identify a man whose body was found encased in newly poured concrete at a Santa Fe Springs business in what detectives are classifying a homicide.

The body was discovered Sunday at a heating and air conditioning business after Whittier police, who patrol the city, received information about a possible killing.

Juan Alberto Galviz, 35, was arrested Sunday in connection with the death. He is being held in lieu of $1,007,500 bail, police said.

Detectives and coroner's officials uncovered the body after initially going to a nearby business. There, detectives "were able to locate a person of interest, and further information led them to the heating and air conditioning business in the 9400 block of John Street," said department spokesman Brad White.

The concrete was broken up and excavated, and the body of a male adult victim recovered. White said detectives are in the process of identifying the victim.

Detectives said preliminary investigation indicated that a crime had resulted from a "feud" between the victim and Galviz.

Their relationship between the men was not known.


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Map: Approximate location of body shown in black. Credit: Los Angeles Times Mapping L.A.