Burned Body Found Near Search Area for Missing Sierra College Student

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LOS ANGELES COUNTY (KTLA) — A burned body was found Wednesday morning near Castaic Lake, authorities said.

Los Angeles County Fire personnel, along with deputies from the Santa Clarita Valley Station, responded to the location near Lake Hughes Road about 6 a.m. after a cyclist reported seeing a small brush fire.

Firefighters extinguished the blaze and made the grim discovery.

Sky5 video showed CHP, sheriff’s and fire officials at the scene, which was cordoned off with police tape.

A canopy and privacy barriers were erected to shield the person’s remains from view.

No connection had been made between the body and the search for 19-year-old Bryce Laspisa, a college student from Laguna Niguel who has been missing since last week, an official with the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau said.

Laspisa’s family members said Wednesday they were waiting for an update from investigators.

Divers searched Castaic Lake on Tuesday, four days after Laspisa’s SUV was found nearby. They also searched on Wednesday.

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