SUN VALLEY (CBS) — A burned body of a man was discovered early Thursday morning following a brush fire that was intentionally set in the San Fernando Valley.
The body was found on a popular hiking trail around 3 a.m. after the Los Angeles County Fire Department responded to a grass fire on La Tuna Canyon Road, about a mile west of Interstate 210, police said.
Los Angeles police detectives and arson investigators are investigating the death as homicide.
“We don’t know if the arson caused the death or if it was used to coverup another crime,” said Det. Patrick Barron.
Authorities are trying to determine if the man died at the scene or if he was murdered elsewhere.
They say the unidentified man was so badly burned that they are unable to determine the his race or age range.