Body found at Castaic Lake not missing Sierra College student
CASTAIC, CA – The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has released a statement identifying the burned body of a man found near Castaic Lake in Southern California.
The body was identified as 35-year-old Lamondre Deon Miles out of the Florence area of South Los Angeles. The body was not that of missing Sierra College student 19-year-old Bryce Laspisa.
Laspisa vanished last month while traveling from Northern California to visit his parents in Orange County. His SUV was later found on its side at the lake 40 miles northwest of Los Angeles.
The body of Miles was found on Wednesday, Sept. 4, at approximately 6 a.m. on Lake Hughes Road, after the Los Angeles County Fire Department extinguished a small fire at the site.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide investigators later learned that Miles suffered multiple gunshot wounds to his upper torso and was dead prior to being driven to the Castaic area and set afire.
Investigators were able to determine that the original crime had occurred in a car, in the vicinity of Crenshaw Boulevard and the 105 Freeway, in the City of Hawthorne, on September 3, at approximately 2 pm. The car used was a black 2007 Chevy Monte Carlo, California License plate number 6WUH536 and has since been impounded by investigators.
Sheriff’s Homicide investigators arrested 23-year old Joanna Amezcua and her brother, 22-year old Luis Amezcua, both from South Los Angeles on Friday, Sept. 6. They were both charged with one count of murder on Tuesday, with bail set for $1,000,000.
A third suspect, 33-year old Javier Vega (Joanna’s Amezcua’s boyfriend) also from South Los Angeles, was also charged September 10 with Accessory to Murder and Arson. His bail was set at $575,000.
The motive of the crime appears to be a dispute over money allegedly owed by the victim to the suspects.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), or texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.com/
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