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2nd body ID’d in grisly attack on Calif. family

Charred remains found on a hiking trail earlier this week have been identified as those of the father of a family that was brutally attacked and their house burned, authorities said.
/ Source: The Associated Press

Charred remains found on a hiking trail earlier this week have been identified as those of the father of a family that was brutally attacked and their house burned, authorities said.

The coroner used dental records to determine the remains were those of 56-year-old Jayprakash Dhanak, Anaheim police Sgt. Rick Martinez said Friday.

Dhanak is the father of Karishma Dhanak, 20, whose body was also found on the bike trail. Police found the mother, Leela Dhanak, unconscious and badly beaten outside the burning home on Monday. The bodies of Jayprakash Dhanak and his daughter were found Tuesday after someone noticed smoke coming from a hiking trail 20 miles from the home.

Another daughter, Shayona, 18, was elsewhere when the attack occurred and was under police protection.

Leela Dhanak remained hospitalized with severe injuries to her head and upper body, which has prevented investigators from speaking with her, Martinez said.