GLENDALE (CBSLA.com) — A body was found Monday in a large suitcase in a Glendale wash.
County public works employees discovered a suspicious case around 9 a.m. in the Verdugo Wash near Glorietta Park at Glorietta Avenue and North Verdugo Road.
Around 1 p.m., officers on the scene saw that a deceased man was stuffed inside the suitcase.
Grant Wilder and his wife were in the area when they came upon the investigation.
“It was a large, black canvas…vinyl suitcase…with canvas or burlap coming out of the bottom with some tape at the very end,” Wilder said.
Homicide detectives don’t know how the victim was killed. There’s no evidence of gunshot or stab wounds, KCAL9’s Brittney Hopper reported.
Authorities believe the incident is isolated.
“We don’t believe at this particular time that there’s any threat to the community. This person looks like he was targeted and deliberately murdered and thrown off the bridge here. Body-dumped is what we call it,” Glendale police Capt. Tom Lorenz said.
Residents were horrified to learn about the crime.
“This is shocking. I’ve lived here for 30 years and I’ve never heard of a murder in our neighborhood,” Maritza Vega Gentry said.