Investigation underway after burning body found near Alpine

Second body found at Ma Tar Awa Viejas Camper park

ALPINE, Calif. - A burning body was found Sunday on a rural dirt road near Alpine.

A Sweetwater Authority employee made the grisly discovery off the 17500 block of Sequan Truck Trail near Japatul Road. He called the sheriff's department shortly before 5 a.m., according to sheriff's homicide Lt. Glenn Giannantonio.

Deputies arrived to find the body still smoldering in the roadway, Giannantonio said. The body was in the mountainous Cleveland National Forest about three miles south of Alpine and about 23 miles east of downtown San Diego.

The sheriff's department's Homicide Detail, personnel from the Bomb-Arson Unit and the crime lab were then summoned to investigate, and remained there until the afternoon doing forensics work.

Giannantonio asked anyone with information about the incident to call the Homicide Detail (858) 974-2321, or after hours at (858) 565-5200, or to contact Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

Homicide detectives are also investigating a second body, which was found at the Ma Tar Awa Viejas Camper park in Alpine, located at 25 Browns Rd., at about 4:15 p.m. It is unclear if it is connected to the body that was discovered earlier on Sunday.

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