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Human Skull, Torso Found in Palisades Could Be Those of Missing UCLA Student

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A skull, torso, and bones discovered Saturday by hikers in the Pacific Palisades could be those of a missing UCLA honors student.Currently the Los Angeles County coroner's office is working to determine the identity of the remains, and if they are indeed those of David John Goeser, a 22-year-old last seen July 22 on Pacific Coast Highway near Coral beach and Los Liones.

The Find David Goeser Facebook page indicates authorities have been in touch with relatives to discuss the possibility the remains found at the entrance to the Los Liones Canyon trail belong to Goeser:

Dear friends, we’ve been notified by LAPD that Saturday a body was found in the Pacific Palisades area that fits David’s description. While the family continues to work with law enforcement to confirm the identity, we ask for your prayers and ongoing support. Your respect for the privacy of the Goeser family during this difficult time is appreciated.

Goeser's car was found July 25 in the area, near the trailhead where hikers found the remains this weekend, according to L.A. Now. His roommates last saw him July 22 in Westwood; relatives went to his home and found his "identification, cellphone and credit cards" there. Family members believe Goeser might have been on his way to Vancouver, Washington.

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The exact cause and mode of death cannot be determined until an autopsy is performed on the remains, note the Los Angeles Police Department in a news release.