Man with intellectual disability found dead, may have accidentally been left in car


Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department homicide detectives are investigating the death of a man whose body was found Friday night in a car on a residential street in West Covina, according to law enforcement officials.

Deputies from the department’s Walnut station responded to a call for a “fire rescue” on the 300 block of South Frankfurt Avenue around 8:04 p.m., according to a sheriff’s news release.

They found an unresponsive man who had experienced an unknown medical emergency. He was pronounced dead at the scene.


Detectives later learned the man — identified Saturday by the L.A. County coroner’s office as Timothy Cortinas, 51 — was intellectually disabled and may have been accidentally left inside the vehicle for an unknown length of time, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

The driver of the vehicle, according to law enforcement, has cooperated with detectives and is being detained pending interviews.

The investigation is ongoing.

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4:10 p.m.: This article was updated with the identity of the victim.

This article originally published at 2:55 p.m.