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Body found stuffed inside suitcase in Glendale is identified

The body of a man found stuffed inside a suitcase in the Verdugo wash in Glendale has been identified as a 21-year-old from San Pedro.

Los Angeles County coroner's officials said an autopsy is pending for Victor Manuel Moreno, whose body was discovered by a Los Angeles County Public Works employee about 9 a.m. Monday while cleaning the wash near Glorietta and Woodland avenues.

The employee noticed that 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.

Although detectives don’t know when the suitcase was dumped in the wash, Lorenz said it was likely disposed of sometime at night.

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