Human Remains Found In California Backyard

Published February 14, 2012 5:09AM (EST)

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Homicide detectives believe human remains found in a North Long Beach, Calif., backyard may be those of a man who disappeared nearly 10 years ago.

Long Beach police spokeswoman Nancy Pratt tells the Press-Telegram ( that coroner's investigators found the remains Saturday after police received a tip that a body was buried in the backyard near 68th Way and Long Beach Boulevard.

Pratt says 39-year-old Jose Luis Sanchez Vasquez lived in the area and was reported missing by his family in March 2002.

Pratt says coroner's investigators are working with homicide detectives to determine the cause of death. They also are working with Vasquez's family to help identify the remains.

By Salon Staff

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