Body found at abandoned refinery identified as local teen

EAST PALO ALTO (KRON) — The San Mateo County coroner’s officer identified the body found burned beyond recognition at an abandoned refinery as local teen Miguel Angel Bustos.

16-year-old Bustos was an East Palo Alto resident, according to the coroner’s office.

Police and firefighters responded to the fire at the refinery, also known as the Romic Environmental site, at 1:14 a.m. on April 24. The site is located at 2081 Bay Road in East Palo Alto.

Firefighters found a trailer on fire and found Bustos’ body after they extinguished the blaze.

Police said they did not consider the fire suspicious, but didn’t say why.

Menlo Park Fire Protection District Chief Harold Schapelhouman said no power was connected to the trailer. Schapelhouman said perhaps a cooking or warming unit inside the trailer started the fire.

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