LANCASTER – A 47-year-old Lancaster man who went missing Sunday after riding out to the desert on his all-terrain vehicle was found dead Monday morning, authorities said.
Stephen Finson suffered a gunshot wound and he was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau. Read it below:
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide detectives are continuing their investigation into the circumstances surrounding the shooting death of a man that was discovered at 8:58 a.m., Monday, February 24, 2014, in the 13300 block of East Avenue H, Lancaster.
Detectives have learned that deputies from the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station responded to the area in search of a missing person.
The victim’s family reported the victim missing at about 1:00 a.m. today (2/24/14), after he failed to return from the desert on his all-terrain cycle (ATC).
He had last been seen by family members on the afternoon of Sunday, February 23, 2014.
During the search, the victim was found laying on the ground near his ATC. It was determined he had suffered a gunshot wound and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
The victim has been identified as 47 year-old Stephen Finson, a resident of Lancaster.
There is no suspect information and this is an on-going investigation. There is no further information at this time.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.
UPDATED 4/16/14: The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is offering a $10,000 reward in exchange for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of the suspect(s) responsible for Finson’s murder. Anyone with information on this crime is asked to contact homicide investigators Q. Rodriguez and Robert Martindale at 323-890-5500.