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Body found of missing Alhambra man [Updated]


Whitewater Cutoff
White Water , CA 92282 United States

[Updated 12.7.2010] A body found this weekend near the White Water riverbed has been identified as missing Alhambra resident Paul Kluge. The coroner's office said that next of kin had been notified and an autopsy had been performed, but the cause of death has been witheld pending additional tests, according to the Valley News.

[12.6.2010] Last Wednesday an unlocked car rented in Kluge's name was found with his wallet and idenfitication near the White Water riverbed, according to the Riverside County sheriff's office. Authorities learned that the car had been parked at the spot since November 28. 

Riverside Police say they partnered with the Alhambra Police Department in the search for Kluge, who is 48,  5’11” tall, 175 lbs, with brown hair and brown eyes. Investigators found no signs of foul play or that Kluge was distraught. And no one has come forward to report Kluge as missing, according to the Riverside authorities.

A body was found over the weekend in Whitewater Canyon that may be that of Kluge. Since this is an ongoing investigation, the Riverside Coroner’s office said they cannot positively identify the body but it fits the description of Kluge.

At Kluge’s apartment complex, the Villa Del Rey off of Garvey Avenue, the callbox to his apartment is disconnected. Alhambra Police Department hosted the Riverside Sheriff’s Department in a seach on Sunday, according to building manager Anette Esnaili.

"He was very reserved and polite. Handsome," Ensaili said in a phone interview. She said that she has more than 300 tenants at the apartment complex and she doesn’t have much time to see all of them on a daily basis, but she does remember Paul’s apartment as, “immaculate – he had a good eye for visual aesthetics.” He also has an interest in geology, according to Esnaili.

Deputies and investigators from the Cabazon Station conducted a ground search of the area with the help of aircraft and the department’s blood hound canine. This search did not produce any information into the whereabouts of Kluge. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Cabazon Station, is asking the public’s help in finding Kluge. Anyone with information about this case is urged to call the Cabazon Station, Investigator Strasburg at (951) 922-7100.

In a separate incident, another 48-year-old Alhambra man, who is in need of medical care, is also missing. Ernesto Joseph Gandara is a Hispanic man,  5’9”, 198 lbs., with gray short hair, brown eyes, heavy build, and mustache.  He was last seen Sunday wearing a blue jacket “Los Angeles”, gray t-shirt, gray pants and prescription glasses. He is currently under medical care and requires medication. If anyone has information regarding this individual, or his whereabouts, please contact Sergeant Joe Flannagan at (626) 570-5161 or the on-duty Alhambra Police Department Watch Commander at (626) 570-5151

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5 thoughts on “Body found of missing Alhambra man [Updated]”

  1. Mitchell Zegarra

    Mr. Kluge was my geoscience professor in 2003 at Glendale high school. He was a really nice professor and i remember his class was always hard to control. I remember seeing his frustrating side and also his greatest moments. When he showed happiness, thinking about it now it was a wonderful sight to see mr. Kluge that way because he barely ever smiled. Its such devastating news to learn about his death in such way. RIP mr. Kluge. Ill always remember your saying when i would bring hot fries to eat in class… “hot fries for hot guys.” Lol RIP

  2. I was a student of his a year before he passed. He was under a lot of scrutiny from the administration of ayala highschool. Everyday the dean mr.hancock was in the classroom watching. A few entitled kids notified their parents thus bringing bogus complaints to the school. Mr kluge didnt take shxt from anyone.he was my favorite teacher out of all my four years of highschool in 3 different schools. He was an excelent geologist and knew his shxt. I wish I could have at least said bye before I left that school. Despite being in the military now I think back to high school, experiences good and bad, and I think about that class sometimes. I get alot of time to think. He is not forgotten. Rest in peace mr kluge. “get pumped or get out of my way”

  3. Mr. Kluge was my earth science teacher freshman year (I am now a senior) at Culver City High School. My sophomore year I went to pay him a visit during passing period, only to learn that he no longer taught there. I was a bit disappointed, but never thought that I would never see him again. I can’t believe he’s gone. I will never ever forget him. He was definitely one of my favorite teachers. He was very funny and extremely intelligent. He kept to himself mostly, but I could tell that he cared for all of his students very much. My heart goes out to his family and friends. Mr. Kluge was an extraordinary guy.

  4. I just found out today that Paul, my cousin was found dead. I just cannot believe this has happened. I hope we find out what happened to him.

    1. Hello, is there any update on this case? would anyone with info please leave a link.