Missing CA man found dead in Santa Monica Mountains, coroner says he was shot


A 35-year-old man missing since July whose body was found this month in Southern California’s Santa Monica Mountains was shot to death, according to a coroner’s report.

Jose Velasquez, of Camarillo, was found dead Oct. 3 near a hiking trail in a mountainous area of Los Angeles County, the Ventura County Star reported. His car was found in neighboring Ventura County, in the city of Thousand Oaks.

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He had been last seen July 27 and was reported missing July 30.

Velasquez died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds and the manner of death was homicide, the LA County coroner’s office said. The coroner’s office lists Velasquez’s full name as Jose Velasquez Turcios.

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The Ventura County Sheriff’s Major Crimes Bureau is investigating.

Jose Velasquez, a missing man whose body was discovered in California’s Santa Monica Mountains, was shot to death, according to a coroner’s report.

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