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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Media Relations

Missing 18-Year-Old Male NR17310ti

October 24, 2017

The Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner's Office has identified the remains recovered during the search of the affected area to the Mt.Wilson fire. The body has been identified as that of reported missing person Mathew Huerta. The victim's last name was originally printed as Hurtado, but his correct last name is Huerta.

Sylmar: The Hurtado family and the Los Angeles Police Department's Missing Persons Unit are asking for the public's help in locating Matthew Hurtado.

Matthew was last seen on October 18, 2017, around 11:30 a.m., in the 13400 block of Bradley Avenue. Matthew's family is concerned for his safety because he is suicidal.

Matthew is described as a male Hispanic with brown hair and brown eyes. He stands 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs about 140 pounds. He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, black pants and black baseball cap.

If you have seen, or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Matthew Hurtado, please contact Missing Person Unit, Officer Garcia or Detective Palmer at (213) 996-1800. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to Tipsters may also visit, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.