A burning body near Castaic Lake discovered yesterday remains mysterious in origin, and police are no closer to learning what immediately precipitated the horrifying discovery.
Complicating matters of the body near Castaic Lake is the missing persons case of 19-year-old Bryce Laspisa, who vanished in the area Friday morning following an accident.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Laspisa has been missing since what appeared to be a car accident involving his 2003 Toyota Highlander several days ago.
The teen was en route to visit his parents at the time of his disappearance, and the paper says:
“Since Friday, authorities have been searching Castaic Lake for 19-year-old Bryce Laspisa, whose pickup truck was involved in an accident in the area…. Laspisa was driving a 2003 Toyota Highlander that was found on its side about 5:30 a.m. Friday on the Main Ramp Road near the lake, authorities said. Several hours earlier, Laspisa called his parents, reportedly from Buttonwillow in Kern County, according to the sheriff’s department.”
Yesterday, the body at Castaic Lake was discovered after police responded to reports of a brush fire. When cops arrived, the still unidentified person was pronounced dead at the scene, and a positive identification has yet to be made.
L.A. County sheriff’s Sgt. Rich Nagler indicated that police located what “appeared to be” a body, adding that cops still “have no idea who this is.”
Lt. Wes Sutton commented of the strange disappearance of Laspisa and the equally bizarre discovery of the burning body at Castaic Lake:
“At this point, there is no way I can connect the two because we don’t have a positive identification on the body.”
As police work to ID the body found near Castaic Lake, the search for Laspisa continues.