Updated: Sherman Oaks Fire Leads To Discovery Of Possible Human Remains
The Los Angeles Fire Department spent Saturday evening fighting a roughly four-acre fire in the hills of Sherman Oaks, near the Beverly Glen pass. Now, the Police Department is stating firefighting crews may have discovered human remains at the site of the blaze.
"There's possible a human skull down an embankment," Officer Mike Lopez of the LAPD Media Relations section said, reports City News Service. "It's very difficult to get to it."
"LAFD units remain on scene only to handle remaining hotspots with the brush fire and pick up equipment," a media release by the LAFD reported Sunday morning. "The identification and recovery of possible remains is an LAPD incident."
The fire broke out near Mulholland Drive at 3530 N. Coy Drive in Sherman Oaks.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the location of the possible remains in a ravine near the fire, and the lack of daylight Saturday night delayed immediate recovery attempts.
Update: The Los Angeles County Coroner Department's Special Operations Response Team (SORT) returned to the scene at 7:00 a.m. on Monday morning, March 13, Ed Winter, assistant chief of the department told LAist. No additional bones have been located, nor have the remains been identified by age, gender, or time of death. The case continues to be under investigation by the LAPD and Coroner Department.