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UPDATE: Human remains found in Kent could be 3 missing Pierce County men

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on March 10, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
March 11, 2011 8:36 am

UPDATE: King County Sheriff spokesman Sgt. John Urquhart said this morning the human remains were found in a wooded area. He said further information will be available later today.

Lakewood police said they will have no comments on the case because the death investigation is being conducted by the King County Sheriff’s Office.

UPDATE: Human remains found today in an unincorporated area of Kent could be that of three Pierce County men who were reported missing in December.

King County sheriff’s Sgt. Rodney Chinnick said it appears three sets of human remains were found in the 26200 block of 65th Avenue South.

“Part of the ongoing investigation will include determining if the remains found today are the three missing men,” he said in a written statement.

The families of Jesus Bejar Avila, 25, of Lakewood; Yazmany Quezada Ortiz, 25, of Tacoma, and Christian Alberto Rangel, 19, of University Place, reported them missing to Lakewood police in mid-December.

All three worked at the Lake Union Wholesale Florist in Seattle and carpooled to work the day they were last seen. They left work together in Ortiz’s silver-colored 2007 Chevrolet Silverado.

Police later found the truck at an apartment complex in the 6200 block of James Street in Kent.

The King County Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death and try to identify the remains.

INITIAL POST: Human remains were discovered today in an unincorporated area of Kent, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office.

Employees of a business near the 26200 block of 65th Avenue South discovered the remains.

Detectives are investigating.

No other details were immediately available.

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