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Police identify body found in Mt. Wilson fire

Police have identified the person whose body was discovered near a brush fire that broke out before dawn Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, on the steep hillsides near the historic observatory on Mt. Wilson above Los Angeles.
Police have identified the person whose body was discovered near a brush fire that broke out before dawn Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, on the steep hillsides near the historic observatory on Mt. Wilson above Los Angeles.
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The Los Angeles coroner’s office has identified a body recovered in the area impacted by the Mt. Wilson fire, which scorched about 50 acres of brush and timber near the location of a major observatory and numerous communications towers.

The victim was identified as Matthew Huerta, 18, who had been previously been reported missing.

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Huerta, whose last name was initially given incorrectly as “Hurtado,” was last seen on October 18 around 11:30 a.m. in the 13400 block of Bradley Avenue, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

His family had been concerned that he was suicidal.