On Friday, police said they have identified remains they found of a male alongside a Southern California freeway in the desert. The remains are those of a Saudi Arabia college student who went missing during September after selling his vehicle.
Adbudllah Abdullatif Alkadi who was 23 was seen last at home in Reseda a suburb of Los Angeles on September 17 the police department of Los Angeles said. Authorities found his remains on Thursday in Palm Desert, which is approximately 125 million southeast of Los Angeles.
There was no further information released by police until a news conference that was set to be held on Monday due to the investigation being at what police called a crucial juncture.
FBI agents were assisting members of the LAPD in the missing persons’ investigation of Alkadi. The Saudi was a student attending California State University, which is located in Northridge.
Dianne Harrison the president of the university extended condolences from the entire community on campus to the family and friends of Alkadi.
Losing such a young and promising life is tragic, wrote Harrison and the school will continue assisting law enforcement any way possible as they investigate Alkadi’s death.
A local television station reported that the Saudi had sold an Audi he owned worth about $52,000 close to the time he disappeared. He reportedly had used Craigslist to sell the vehicle.
The LA Times reported that Alkadi’s cell phone was traced to Beaumont a city about 80 miles to the east of Los Angeles, but that it was now deactivated.
Alkadi was the son of a prominent family in Saudi Arabia.
His brother Ahmed, who is also a student at California State University, was said to be overcome with grief upon hearing the news that his brother’s remains had been located.
However, once he was able to speak, he told a local television station during an interview that his family had many questions for authorities about the death of his brother.