The body of man stuffed inside a suitcase that was dumped in the Verdugo Wash in Glendale has been identified as 21-year-old Victor Moreno from San Pedro.
Moreno was found by a Los Angeles County Public Works employee on Monday morning when the worker was cleaning the wash near Glorietta Park, removing debris ahead of this week’s storm, said a spokesman from the Glendale Police Department.
The worker noticed the large suitcase with a plastic bag sticking out of it and immediately called police.
Police were unclear about the circumstances surrounding the man’s death other than his death appeared to be recent and intentional. There were no visible gunshot wounds or stab wounds, officials said.
Police believe the man was targeted, likely killed in a different location and then dumped into the wash from a bridge above.
Moreno’s death is the first homicide for Glendale this year. Homicides are extremely rare for the city, in which there have been two in the past four years.
Officials are asking anyone with information about Moreno’s death to call the Glendale Police Department at 818-548-3987.