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Dental records, fingerprints may help identify man found burned to death

Placer County sheriff's officials say they hope to use dental records and fingerprints to identify the man whose burned body was found Tuesday in an Auburn-area regional park.

The man had not been positively identified Wednesday, but Sgt. Nelson Resendes said more information likely would be available Thursday.

An employee at Hidden Falls Regional Park arrived to unlock a gate at a parking lot about 6 a.m. Tuesday and noticed the body. The employee saw the man had burned to death, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The body was found near a well-used trail head.

The man is believed to have died at that location, according to Resendes, who said there was no indication the body had been moved to the park from elsewhere.

Resendes said investigators are certain that this case is not related to the deaths of two men who were found shot and burning near Roseville in June.

Warren Alexander Galsote, 34, and Jason John Benson, 33, both of Sacramento, were found shot in the head and burning the night of June 25 in a rural unincorporated area near Roseville and Granite Bay. The men died of their injuries two days later. Resendes said no arrests have been made in that case.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy