SYLMAR (CBSLA.com) — Emergency crews responding Saturday to a car engulfed in flames near the 210 Freeway reportedly found a dead man seated in the front seat.
The gruesome discovery shortly after 7:30 p.m. when firefighters arrived to a secluded area of Harding Street under a pedestrian bridge, LAPD Lt. Paul Vernon reported.READ MORE: Son Arrested For Murder Of Mother Found Dead In Mission Viejo Home
Investigators believe they’re dealing with a homicide.
“It appeared the man had bled a great deal and we think he may have been shot prior to the fire starting,” Vernon said.”It appears someone wanted to torch the car to destroy the evidence.”READ MORE: New Health Order Will Require Proof Of Vaccination Or Negative Test At Outdoor LA County Events Of 10,000 Or More
The victim was a large Hispanic man in his mid-to-late 20s, Vernon said. He was inside a blue 1993 Lexus.
Witnesses told investigators they saw someone running across the pedestrian bridge just after the fire started, Vernon said.MORE NEWS: Marsh Homers Off Kopech In 8th, Angels Top White Sox 3-2
Anyone with information about the case was urged to call Detective Ryan Verna at (818) 838-9976 or leave anonymous tips at Crimestoppers (800) 222-TIPS (8477) or LAPDOnline.org and click on “webtips”.