Ralph Jimenez, 65 [Updated]
Ralph Jimenez, a 65-year-old man, was found dead Friday, July 29, near Avenue 28 and Figueroa Street in Cypress Park, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
Firefighters responded to a report of a fire in an alley about 2:13 a.m., said Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department.
There they discovered Jimenez's burning body.
A crime scene was established, and the Los Angeles Police Department and Los Angeles County coroner's office were called in.
Ed Winter, spokesman for the coroner's office, said a cause of Jimenez's death has been deferred pending additional tests. Results will not be available for at least six to eight weeks.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.
[Update Jan. 12, 2012: According to coroner's officials, they are still investigating the death and the case remains deferred.]
[Update Jan. 24, 2013: According to coroner's officials, Jimenez's death was listed as undetermined. However, use of methamphetamine and phencyclidine, commonly known as PCP, may have contributed to his death, officials said.]
-- Kate Mather