Updated throughout. Originally posted at 8:08 a.m.

Los Angeles police and Santa Barbara County Sheriff's on Wednesday identified a burned body found July 15 in Santa Barbara County as that of 48-year-old Tarzana resident Bernardo Alvarez.

The discovery of the body, said to have been burned beyond immediate recognition, was reported at 4:15 a.m. that day. It was found in northbound lanes of Highway 101, near the Highway 1 exit, on the Nojoqui Grade, Los Angeles police said.

Alvarez worked as a server at a San Fernando Valley resident. He had been reported missing prior to the discovery, authorities said.

The case was not deemed a homicide — at least not yet.

KCAL9 News reported that traces of drugs might have been found in Alvarez's body.

LA Weekly