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Skeletal remains found near Conejo Valley nature preserve identified

Ventura County

Remains are those of Thousand Oaks man who disappeared in September: No word on cause of death.

Authorities have now solved part of a grim mystery in the Conejo Valley.

They’ve been able to identify some skeletal remains discovered September 25 by a hiker near the Arroyo Conejo Nature Preserve, in Thousand Oaks.

 They say the remains are those of Taylor Beck Thompson. The 36-year-old Thousand Oaks man was reported missing last month.

 While the Ventura County Medical Examiner’s office was able to come up with a positive ID, the cause of death remains under investigation.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.