The body of a 19-year-old man was found early Thursday in a burning car near Loyola Marymount University, authorities said.
The fire was reported just after 2 a.m. when an ambulance spotted the flames near the campus at 1 Loyola Marymount University Drive, Lt. John Radtke of the Los Angeles Police Department told reporters.
When firefighters extinguished the blaze, they discovered the body, he said.
The man’s death appears to be a suicide, said Officer Tony Im, an LAPD spokesman.
Radtke told reporters the young man was struggling with depression and had been despondent. He said the man was not a student of the university.
Video footage from OnScene.TV showed police and fire investigators examining a scorched white Ford Mustang on a grassy hillside.
2:25 p.m.: This article was updated with police saying the man’s death was a suicide.
This article was originally published at 5:45 a.m.