Burned body found in desert identified as missing L.A. man; 3 charged with murder
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Charred remains were found near Sunway Road and Rosehedge Avenue.

By Tracy Bloom, KTLA

LOS ANGELES (KTLA) -- Three people have been arrested and charged with murder in connection with the death of a missing L.A.-area man whose burned body was found in a dry lake bed in Joshua Tree earlier this month, officials said Tuesday.

The victim, 72-year-old William Webb, had been reported missing out the Los Angeles Police Department’s Pacific Division before his body was found, according to LAPD Officer Jader Chavez.

Chavez did not provide any additional details about the circumstances in which Webb was reported missing, nor did he release any information about where he resided.

Webb was killed on Aug. 15, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

His charred remains were found near Sunway Road and Rosehedge Avenue the following morning. Evidence located at the scene prompted homicide detectives to begin investigating, authorities said.

The criminal complaint identifies the suspects as Haena Worthing, 44, of Marina del Rey; John Schiefer, 38, of Nipomo; and Shavonne Webster, 40, of Winchester, Indiana.

The DA’s office also alleged that Shiefer and Webster used a hammer to kill the victim, according to the complaint.

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