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Decomposed Body Found Off Angeles Crest Highway Could Unlock 2014 Missing Persons Case

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A decomposed body found near Mt. Wilson on Wednesday may be linked to a 2014 missing persons case, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Skid marks on the Angeles Crest Highway discovered by Caltrans personnel ultimately led to the discovery of a car located 500 feet down the side of the mountain highway. Search and rescue personnel rappelled down the side of the mountain and found that the SUV appeared to have been abandoned for some time. The skid marks turned out to be from a more recent accident unrelated to the abandoned car, but they set events in motion that may have solved a two-year-old missing persons case.

"Deputies checked the vehicle identification number and learned the vehicle was connected to a 2014 missing person investigation being conducted by the Los Angeles Police Department," Deputy Kimberly Alexander of the Sheriff's Information Bureau told City News Service. Search and rescue personnel discovered skeletal human remains near the car when they resumed their investigation Wednesday morning. They were soon joined by members of the county coroner's office and homicide detectives, who retrieved the remains and conducted a thorough search of the area, according to a Sheriff's Department press release.

The LAPD has yet to release any details about the missing persons case or the individual whose remains may have been found.