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Human Remains In Backyard Could Be Linked To 2009 Cold Case

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After a day of excavating, investigators have discovered a human skull and other remains in the backyard of a San Gabriel Valley home, one that could possibly be linked to a 2009 cold case.

The L.A. County Sheriff's Homicide department and the L.A. County Coroner confirmed that the remains were found a little before noon today at the Valinda home located in the 700 block of Elsberry Avenue, CBS Los Angeles reports.

"They did find a specific area of interest," Nicole Nishida of the L.A. Sheriff’s Department told CBS Los Angeles. "They are slowing down even more so now and are more meticulous as they dig."

The agencies first went to the home on Thursday around 7 a.m. to comb the backyard after receiving a report that there was possibly a body buried there. L.A. County Sheriff's Homicde Lt. Victor Lewandowski told NBC Los Angeles that they had very specific information on where to search in the yard.

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Lewandowski said that the family of four who have been living in the house since before 2009 have been cooperating. It doesn't look like they're involved in the 2009 missing persons case that may be at the heart of the discovery. Authorities have released scant details about the missing person. So far, we know that the person was an adult who did not live in the house. Investigators are staying mum as to how someone got into the family's backyard to bury the body, but they apparently have some ideas on how it happened.

The Coroner is working to identify the remains.