AZUSA >> Detectives continued seeking clues Wednesday into the slaying of a man found shot to death alongside an aqueduct in Azusa on Wednesday afternoon, authorities said.
The body was first discovered about 3:30 p.m. among rocks and shrubbery along the bed of the channel that runs along the west side of Sierra Madre Avenue, just north of Todd Avenue, according to Los Angeles County sheriff’s and coroner’s officials. The identity of the victim, described as a man in his 40s who was believed to be staying in a nearby homeless encampment, was not released pending notification of his family.
The man’s cause of death was not immediately clear once his body was found, however, it was ultimately determined he had been shot in the upper torso, Sgt. Troy Ewing of the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau said.
The fatal shooting was believed to have taken place well before the body was found, he said.
“We believe he was there for a few days,” the sergeant said.
Investigators collected “ballistic evidence” at the scene, but Ewing declined to discuss the evidence in greater detail.
No information regarding a suspect description or motive was available.
Anyone with information is urged to contact the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.