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Decomposing Body Found in Car Identified

The body found decomposing in the back of an SUV on June 9 has been identified as Steven John Simmons of Running Springs. LAPD are looking for a person of interest named Jacob Anthonisen, the victim's step brother and owner of the SUV.

A man found fatally shot in the rear of a Cadillac Escalade SUV in West Hollywood on June 9 has been identified as 32-year-old Steven John Simmons of Running Springs.

Los Angeles Police Department's Robbery-Homicide Division detectives are looking for a person of interest named Jacob Anthonisen, who is the step-brother of Simmons and is the owner of the SUV.

Despite the advanced state of decomposition of the remains, investigators were able to determine the cause of death as a gunshot wound to the chest.

A stench coming from the car, which was parked near Willoughby Avenue and Genesee Avenue, prompted someone to call police about 10 a.m. on June 9.

Detectives asked that anyone with information about the killing or Anthonisen's whereabouts call detectives  Frank Carrillo or Jay King at (213) 486-6890.

The Huffington Post has more on this story.

Paul June 15, 2012 at 07:28 AM
What a handsome young man. Such a waste. Hope they catch the bastard who killed him.
Brian Hamilton June 15, 2012 at 04:38 PM
This is the Facebook profile for the "person of interest" being sought: https://www.facebook.com/JacobAnthonisen He's apparently the owner of an art gallery called The Peanut Gallery. He also has a Twitter account @JacobAnthonisen
candace kay simmons July 23, 2012 at 09:16 PM
thank=you i hope they catch my sons killer also, steven's mom candace

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