LITTLEROCK (CNS) - Sheriff's detectives were searching today for 34- year-old Jesus “Chuy” Guzman in relation to the discovery of the remains of three people found in Littlerock last week.
Detectives were continuing to investigate the circumstances related to the suspicious disappearance of two men and a woman in the area in January.
Investigators have searched the property for at least three days, according to Deputy Armando Viera.
The causes of death were unknown, but detectives were investigating the fatalities as suspicious, Viera said.
“Homicide detectives are currently interviewing persons of interest related to this case,” Viera said.
Investigators have now narrowed their focus to one person of interest -
Guzman -who previously lived at the location, Viera said.
Guzman is Hispanic, with black hair and brown eyes. He stands 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs about 150 pounds, Viera said. He owns a black 2009 Toyota Corolla, California License Plate 6SCD663.
Homicide detectives were sent about 3:55 p.m. Thursday to the 30900 block of 106th Street in an area known as Juniper Hills, according to sheriff's Deputy Morgan Arteaga. The property had a burned-out structure and car on it.
The sheriff's department did not disclose how the remains came to light and did not say whether the grisly find was related to the disappearance of two men and a woman in the same area in January.
A $20,000 reward was offered by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in April for information in the case of the three, who went missing in January and were presumed dead after they disappeared.
Jose Lara, 65; Cuauhtemoc Lara, 39; and 49-year-old Julieta Arvizu left behind what seemed to be all their possessions, according to authorities.
The elder Lara's vehicle was found abandoned on Feb. 5 in Littlerock, an unincorporated area of the Antelope Valley where all three lived. Their cell phones were turned off and had not been used since the date they vanished.
Supervisor Kathryn Barger, who recommended the reward, said the families of those missing were in contact with investigators and devastated by the turn of events.
Sheriff's homicide detectives asked anyone with any information about the case to call them at (323) 890-5500.
Tipsters can also call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (8477).