Glendale man wanted in brutal hammer attack found dead in Angeles Forest Highway crash last month: Police
Glendale Police Department
Brian Cruz is shown in photos released by the Glendale Police Department on July 19, 2019.

By Cindy Von Quednow, KTLA

LOS ANGELES (KTLA) -- A Glendale man who was wanted in connection with a brutal hammer attack against his fiancee and her mother was found dead in an Angeles National Forest crash in September, police said Tuesday.

The badly decomposed remains of Brian Cruz, 29, were found in a vehicle off Angeles Forest Highway and Big Tujunga Road on Sept. 27, Glendale Police Sgt. Dan Suttles said.

Aerial video from Sky5 showed the vehicle on its side down a steep embankment on Sept. 26.

Though the vehicle involved in the crash belonged to Cruz, police at the time could not confirm that he had died in the crash. Suttles said the suspect was positively identified as Cruz by the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office on Monday.

Though the exact manner of death is unclear, Suttles said Cruz died as a result of the crash. There were no signs of gunshot wounds, but Cruz may have committed suicide.

Cruz allegedly attacked his fiancee and her mother in their Glendale apartment on July 19.

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