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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Still No Official Cause in Guido’s Employee Death in Malibu

• Man Died Mysteriously 10 Weeks Ago

BY ANNE SOBLE

Although it has been over two months since the puzzling death of Carlos Ivan Rodas, a kitchen employee at Guido’s restaurant, the official cause of death is still listed as deferred, the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner terminology when a cause of death has not been determined.
The blood-splattered body of 32-year-old Carlos Ivan Rodas was discovered yards from an entrance to the restaurant on March 18 and led to a mini-brouhaha of botched media statements by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials and the appearance of investigation mishandling.
DOC spokesperson Chief Coroner Investigator and Chief of Operations Craig Harvey informed the Malibu Surfside News on Tuesday that the toxicology and tissue analysis reports for Rodas are not yet complete.
Harvey said, “I have an inquiry as to estimated closure to the deputy medical examiner pending his response. The DMEs are allowed up to 90 days to close cases before any red flags start flying.”
Sources connected with the case have indicated that “more-than-usual” extensive testing is involved in the Rodas analysis, including tissue cultures.
Harvey indicated that an official cause of death would not be determined, if a cause could be determined, until that test data has been thoroughly analyzed.
During the preliminary LASD announcements in late March, there was a statement about the possibility of respiratory infection being a factor in the ostensibly healthy appearing man’s demise. That supposition has not been repeated by the agency since then.
Harvey had earlier noted that the LASD has removed its security hold on DOC information about the Rodas case, which should mean that the coroner can make any final determination in the case public.

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