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Remains of missing 35-year-old man found in Santa Monica Mountains

AGOURA HILLS, Calif. — Hikers came across the remains of a 35-year-old man missing in the Santa Monica Mountains, authorities said Monday.

Hikers found the remains of Jose Velasquez, 35, of Camarillo around 5:56 p.m. Oct. 3, according to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department. The body was found in the 2600 block of April Road in Agoura Hills, just west of King Gillette Ranch, according to the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner.

The Acorn reported that the body found Oct. 3 near King Gillette Ranch was wrapped in a tarp and tied with a rubber band. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department has not publicly confirmed whether Velasquez’s body was found wrapped in a tarp.

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Velasquez was reported missing in July after going missing “under suspicious circumstances”, authorities said.

Velasquez was last seen July 27 near the Janss Marketplace in Thousand Oaks, according to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department. His family believed he had met friends at a nearby bar, according to the Los Angeles Times. On August 1, authorities found his work van about four miles from Janss Marketplace, the Los Angeles Times reported.

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Velasquez is originally from Tegucigalpa, Honduras, and moved to Simi Valley in 2016, the Los Angeles Times reported. He moved to Camarillo in 2021 after obtaining his general contractor license.

Velasquez’s relatives set up a GoFundMe to help pay for transportation of his remains to Virginia, where he originally settled before coming to California, the Los Angeles Times reported. The GoFundMe had raised $2,625 of its $15,000 target in just one day.

“On behalf of our family, we want to announce that our beloved Toñito has been taken from us. After searching for him for two months, his remains have been found in the Santa Monica Mountains,” relatives wrote on GoFundMe. “We are asking for financial support to bring him back from California to Virginia and be able to rest him.”

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