(L.A.) Carmelo Aetonu, 42, Died on a Sidewalk

Case Number: 2023-05153

Los Angeles County is reporting the death of a 42-year-old “Asian” male that occurred on a sidewalk.

The coroner’s office has identified the man as Carmelo Aetonu.

STATUS: The decedent’s body has been released. Ruling by the deputy medical examiner is deferred pending additional investigation.

Manner and cause of death will be added to this page when it becomes available.

If the DME has ordered toxicological screening, the next public update may take five to ten months.

RIP CARMELO AETONU (December 21, 1980 – May 7, 2023)

The decedent’s surname appears to be Samoan. There were multiple incidents of the man going missing, including one time in 2015 when he disappeared while out on a day pass from a health facility in Westminster. At the time, he was thought to be in need of medication.

This is the second time in as many weeks that a person who had gone missing was found dead. The other high-profile case is the discovery of the remains of Beau Mann more than a year after he disappeared. In February, the remains of Dr. Jamsheed Shamloo were found after he had gone missing the previous month. In both cases, manner and cause of death have not yet been determined.