Police Investigate Homicide, After Body Discovered at Scene of Brush Fire

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murderLong Beach Fire Department and Long Beach Police Officers responded to the report of a brush fire. A dead body was located after the flames were extinguished.

On Saturday, September 1, 2012, at approximately 6:39 a.m., the Long Beach Fire Department received 911 calls regarding a fire near the Los Angeles River bank. Firefighters responded to Cressa Park, on the east side of the Los Angeles River, just north of Pacific Coast Highway.

At Cressa Park, firefighters located a small brush fire and extinguished the flames. In the burned shrubbery, firefighters discovered a dead body and immediately notified the Long Beach Police Department and Long Beach Fire Department Arson Investigators.

Investigators believe the dead body is a male adult. The victim’s identity is unknown at this time. A murder investigation is being conducted involving Homicide Detectives and Arson Investigators.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Long Beach Police Homicide Detectives Malcolm Evans and Todd Johnson at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous tips may be submitted via text or web by visiting www.tipsoft.com.

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