VALINDA — Homicide detectives suspect suicide after the body of a man reported missing from West Covina Wednesday was found along Valinda Avenue in Valinda, authorities said.
The 51-year-old West Covina man was reported missing about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday after fellow residents of his home in the 1800 block of Summerplace Drive found he was gone, had left a note indicating he was depressed and possibly suicidal and had taken a handgun with him, West Covina police Sgt. Steve Wheeless said.
Authorities searched for the man until 9:17 a.m. Thursday, when a passer-by called authorities to report finding the man’s body behind some bushes in the 1300 block of Valinda Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Victor Sotelo said.
The body showed evidence of a significant head wound, and a handgun was found near the body, the lieutenant said.
An autopsy will be carried out by the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner to determine the officials cause of death.