LAKE LOS ANGELES – Detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding a burned body found Tuesday night at a residence in the Lake Los Angeles area, authorities said.
A 911 call was received by the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8, and deputies responded to a residence in a remote area near the intersection of 210th Street East and Avenue O, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Detective Eduardo Aguirre.
“Deputies responded to the location regarding a person on fire. What we learned was the person who was on fire actually lived at this residence,” Aguirre said. Paramedics were called, but the woman was dead at the scene, according to authorities.
The woman was believed to be in her 70s, Aguirre said, and she lived at the residence with a male roommate.
The roommate told detectives he left the residence Tuesday afternoon, and when he returned, he found the woman burning in a shed on the property, Aguirre said.
“Apparently there was a makeshift fire pit and she had fallen into the fire pit,” Aguirre said.
“By looking at it, it’s very possible that it may be [accidental], but until the coroner’s investigator or the coroner does an autopsy, we won’t know,” Aguirre added.
The name of the deceased is being withheld pending family notification, coroner’s officials said Wednesday morning. A cause of death will be determined by an autopsy.
Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to call the sheriff’s homicide bureau at 323-890-5500. All tips can be made anonymously.