Body identified as missing man from Camarillo, Oxnard building fire, more


Here is a roundup of recent incidents and announcements from Ventura County and regional agencies:

Body identified as missing Camarillo man

Jose Velazquez

According to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, human remains found in the Santa Monica Mountains have been identified as a Camarillo man who was reported missing in July.

The body was found Oct. 3 in a hiking area in the Santa Monica Mountains, Los Angeles County. They were identified Friday as Jose Antonio Velasquez, 35, of Camarillo, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and Coroner’s Office.

Velasquez was last seen on July 27 and was reported missing on July 30. His van was found parked in the 1600 block of Rancho Conejo Boulevard in Thousand Oaks.

Velasquez’s cause and manner of death are unknown pending autopsy results from the LA County Coroner’s Office.

A GoFundMe to cover funeral costs was launched by family members on Monday evening. Anyone interested in making a donation can do so at the following link: gofund.me/499cab17.

The case is being investigated by the Ventura County Sheriff’s Major Crimes Department. Anyone with information can contact Detective Jeff Jacobs at 805-385-5726.

Abandoned building fire in Oxnard

The Oxnard Fire Department put out a fire in an abandoned building on the southeast corner of town early Monday morning.

The fire was reported at 3:22 a.m. in the 5500 block of Cypress Road in the Cypress Gardens neighborhood.

Battalion Commander John Ceceña said the building was heavily barricaded and a known location for passengers, but a search of the building found it unoccupied during the fire.

Crews remained at the scene for more than two hours, removing bars and plywood over the windows to gain access to the building and extinguish the fire. Around 6:30 a.m., firefighters evacuated the scene.

No injuries were reported and the cause remains under investigation.

Man charged with selling drugs near Oxnard Primary School

A 45-year-old Oxnard man was arrested Thursday on suspicion of selling drugs near an elementary school, according to the Oxnard Police Department.

Detectives first received a tip in September about a man selling drugs near an unspecified elementary school in the Cal-Gisler neighborhood.

Methamphetamine and other items seized during a search in Oxnard last week.

Methamphetamine and other items seized during a search in Oxnard last week.

At 6:30 p.m. Thursday, investigators arrested the suspect after investigators stopped his vehicle. It turned out he had an outstanding drug warrant and was taken into custody.

A warrant search was then carried out at the suspect’s home in the 200 block of East Hemlock Street, during which an unspecified amount of methamphetamine was seized, along with a blank gun and evidence of sale drugs, authorities said.

The suspect was incarcerated in the county jail on suspicion of multiple counts of possession of a controlled substance for sale and his bail was set at $160,000, according to jail records online.

Brush fire mostly under control

An 85-acre bushfire burning in a remote area of ​​northern Ventura County reached 80% containment Monday morning.

The fire was reported around 3:30 p.m. Saturday in the Rose Valley area of ​​the Los Padres National Forest.

Los Padres Fire Department spokesman Andrew Madsen said the blaze hasn’t grown since Saturday.

The Howard Fire in remote Rose Valley in the Los Padres National Forest sent up a plume of smoke on Saturday afternoon.

The Howard Fire in remote Rose Valley in the Los Padres National Forest sent up a plume of smoke on Saturday afternoon.

No structures were threatened, but several nearby recreation areas and trails will be closed during the week as fire crews work to clear hot spots, Madsen said.

The closures include Rose Valley and Middle Lion Campgrounds, Piedra Blanca Trailhead, Sespe Rive Trail Camp and Bear Creek, Los Padres officials said. Areas will reopen when firefighters and associated equipment have completed their work.

Articles can be updated.

Jeremy Childs is a news and general assignment reporter for the Ventura County Star. He can be reached at 805-437-0208, [email protected] and on Twitter @Jeremy_Childs.

This article originally appeared on Ventura County Star: Human remains identified as missing Camarillo man Jose Velasquez

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