(L.A.) Humberto Espirio Martinez, 18, Died at Pacoima Wash

Case Number: 2024-06992

Los Angeles County is reporting the death of an 18-year-old Latino male that occurred at Pacoima Wash.

The coroner’s office identified the man as Humberto Espirio Martinez.

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 six to nine months.

RIP HUMBERTO ESPIRIO MARTINEZ (March 9, 1998 – April 27, 2024)

Formal pronouncement of death was made on Saturday at 12:40 p.m.

Pacoima Wash is a 33-mile-long tributary of the Tujunga Wash, which itself flows into the Los Angeles River. It is located in the San Fernando Valley of L.A. County.

It is called a “wash” because it is a dry creek bed or stream that only carries water during and after rainstorms or snowmelt. In arid regions like Southern California, many streams are ephemeral and only flow intermittently, so they are referred to as washes rather than permanent rivers or creeks.