AGUA DULCE (CBS) — A man’s burned body was found in a dumpster in the Antelope Valley Wednesday morning.
The discovery was made at about 6:45 a.m. in a rural area in the 6800 block of Sierra Highway, sheriff’s officials said. Authorities said they believe the body was left sometime Tuesday night.
“The trash company was about to take the trash from the dumpster when they discovered this individual inside the trash can,” according to Detective Richard Ramirez of the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department.
Residents in the area said they were horrified but not surprised that someone would choose this remote location to dump a body.
“I’m going to assume that it happened somewhere else and it was a convenient dumpster to get rid of a body, said Agua Dulce resident Georgia Swearingen. “It is pitch black, we have the lights ordinance so there are no lights on at night…and you can hear a pin drop so you hear everything that goes on — which is nothing.”
Investigators said they don’t have any missing person reports that match the description of the body. They believe the body was that of a Latino or African American man, between 18-25 years old.
The coroner will have to determine how he died.
Sheriff’s homicide detectives and fire department arson investigators were sent to investigate the death. Detectives also brought a bloodhound to evaluate the scene.
Anyone with information on the case is urged to call the sheriff’s department at (323) 890-5500, or Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.