Los Angeles County coroner's investigators have not been able to identify the body of a man who was found Monday stuffed inside a suitcase in the Verdugo wash in Glendale.
A cause of death has also not been determined for the man, whose body has yet to be examined, coroner's spokesman Ed Winter said. Police told the Glendale News-Press the man was in his 20s.
A Los Angeles County Public Works employee made the grim discovery about 9 a.m. while cleaning the wash near Glorietta and Woodland avenues.
The employee noticed plastic was protruding from the suitcase and didn’t want to touch it, so he immediately notified police, according to Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz.
Soon after, police arrived at the wash, which runs through Glorietta Park, and called the coroner’s office.
The body, which was clothed, appeared to be intact, Lorenz said.
While detectives don’t know when the suitcase was dumped in the wash, Lorenz said it was likely disposed of sometime at night.
Police remained at the scene Monday for several hours and closed off a portion of the park.
Veronica Rocha is a Times Community News reporter.