Although the burning body found several days ago near Castaic Lake, Calif. has yet to be identified, the uncle of missing student Bryce Laspisa, 19, said on Sept. 6, 2013, the remains likely belong to his nephew, according to the Chicago Tribune.
The body was discovered about 6 a.m. on Sept. 4 by a cyclist who thought the flames were from a brush fire.
Bryce’s uncle, Frank David, told CBS Los Angeles the remains were “more than likely” those of his nephew.
He added, “I don’t want to go there. I don’t want to go there… That’s more than likely him, but I really don’t want to face that right now.”
KTLA reports that Laspisa’s 2003 pickup truck was found on the side of Main Ramp Road on the morning of Aug. 30 with its rear window smashed.
The missing man’s cell phone and wallet were still inside.
Authorities say Laspisa called his parents from Buttonwillow in Kern County just hours before his vehicle’s accident.
He lives in Roseville, but was driving to Orange County to visit his parents.
Laspisa is described as white with red hair and blue eyes, is 5-feet-11 and weighs about 170 pounds. He also has a tattoo of a bull's head with a Roman numeral on his left shoulder, and was last seen wearing white cargo shorts, a blue-and-white checkered shirt and white-and-red Nike shoes.
Anyone with information is urged to call Det. Chris Carns at 323- 890-5500.