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Police: Burned body not missing Naperville native

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    Bryce Laspisa
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The search for a Naperville native missing in Southern California will continue with a renewed fervor after police confirmed a burned body found last week near the area where the teen was last seen has been identified as someone else.

Sgt. Rich Pena of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said the body, found Sept. 4 in Castaic -- an unincorporated community in northern Los Angeles County -- is not 19-year-old Bryce Laspisa, a 2012 graduate of Naperville Central High School who went missing Aug. 30.

A spokesman for the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office would not confirm the report, stating that the office may be able to provide more details on the case Thursday.

Laspisa's vehicle was involved in an accident sometime between 2 and 5:30 a.m. on Aug. 30, but he was not found in or near the damaged vehicle, according to police. The dead body, which was burned beyond recognition, was found five days later a few miles north of where the accident occurred.

According to a Sheriff's Department news release, the victim was a 35-year old man who police believe was murdered by a brother and sister from South Los Angeles over a money dispute.

Laspisa's parents told police their son lives and attends college in Roseville, a city in northern California. They said he was driving from Roseville to visit them at their home in Orange County, in Southern California, when he went missing.

A Naperville Unit District 203 spokeswoman said last week it is the district's understanding that the Laspisa family moved from the area shortly after he graduated.

Family and friends have been posting updates on the FIND BRYCE LASPISA Facebook page since he went missing. A post on the page Wednesday said there was a sighting of someone who looks like Laspisa in Valencia, a community in Santa Clarita, Calif. about 11 miles south of where his vehicle crashed.

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