Los Angeles County prosecutors are recommending the county medical examiner's office review the death of a man found with human remains in a plastic bag in his Southern California storage unit.
Haoqing Yan, 51, was found dead Jan. 22, one day after he tried to commit suicide by consuming potassium cyanide, his attorney said.
The man has been divorced for 10 years and had a personality disorder, his attorney, Derek Cressman, said. Yan did not know where he lived.
Deputies from the Long Beach Sheriff's Department discovered the remains of several people inside the storage unit at 700 Pacific Coast Highway.
Investigators have not identified the remains, but said the remnants may have come from the Ebola virus and the coronavirus, which were present in Yan's body.
The coroner's office began examining Yan's death on Feb. 1 and now is determining his cause of death.
"He was a 51-year-old terminally ill man who caused no harm," Cressman said, noting that investigators searched the storage unit searching for drugs, not bodies.
A handwritten note was found inside the unit, Cressman said. It appeared that his client wrote it before he killed himself and left it there to try to save himself.
"Someone is trying to trick me into blaming myself," the note says. "It's really no one's fault except mine."
The note also says that Yan wrote himself off as a bird killer, but that there was not enough evidence to bring charges.
Cressman said investigators returned to the unit Friday and found a second bag with several cages that contained more bodies, many of them still caged.
"So we're trying to figure out who's in there now," Cressman said.
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