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  • Oct. 18, 2012

Gabriel Garcia Soto, 56

Gabriel Garcia Soto, a 56-year-old Latino, was found dead Thursday, Oct. 18, near California 38 in the Angeles National Forest, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.

[Editor's note: An earlier version of this post, based on information from the coroner's office, identified the victim as John Doe #215.]

Soto was discovered dead in a ditch off California 38 in the national forest, the coroner’s office said.

The victim was wearing latex gloves. Coroner's records show he died from a gunshot wound to the head.

Sheriff's homicide Det. Phil Guzman, who is handling the case, said Soto "was actually a resident of Tijuana here on a work visa." Investigators believe he was living and working near San Diego.

No other details about the case were available.

Anyone with information about the killing is asked to contact Dets. Guzman or Alvarado at (323) 890-5500. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

--Wesley Lowery

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