Body found near vehicle in Angeles National Forest

Authorities haven’t released the name of a man whose body was found near a vehicle in the Angeles National Forest.
The man’s name was not released Saturday pending confirmation that his family had been notified, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Lt. Larry Dietz said. He was initially described as a Castaic man in his early-50s.
The Montrose Search and Rescue team were sent to the forest Thursday about 8 a.m. after someone reported an abandoned vehicle near mile marker 7.79 of Big Tujunga Canyon Road, according to Los Angeles County sheriff’s and coroner’s officials.
Lt. Brian Fitch of the sheriff’s Crescenta Valley Station said the body was found about 100 yards from the vehicle near a stream.
The man had an apparent self inflicted stab wound to the neck and a couple of cuts to one foot, according to the lieutenant. A knife was recovered.
An autopsy had not been carried out Saturday, Dietz said.
Sheriff’s homicide detectives are investigating.
Fitch said the car was first spotted on Monday. A detective found out the vehicle’s owner had been reported missing, he added.
He didn’t have information about the missing person case.

– Staff report

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