Body Found in Roadside Trash Can

By Samantha Tata, Nyree Arabian and Brandon Lowrey
|  Friday, Jun 21, 2013  |  Updated 11:57 PM PDT
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A body was found in a trash can in Brea on Friday afternoon, and authorities believe it had been there for “an extended period of time,

A body was found in a trash can in Brea on Friday afternoon, and authorities believe it had been there for “an extended period of time," officials said. Beverly White reports from Brea for NBC4 News at 11 p.m.

A body was found in a trash can in Brea on Friday afternoon, and authorities believe it had been there for “an extended period of time.”

A commuter who drives along Brea Canyon Road daily first noticed a green trash bin on a remote stretch of the rural road about seven days ago, said Brea police Lt. Jerry Brakebill. Finally, about 3 p.m. on Friday, curiosity overtook the driver and he decided to stop and look inside.

The driver called police.

Officers told NBC4 that human hands could be seen inside the can. A coroner's truck drove off shortly before 11 p.m. Friday with the body still inside the trash can.

Investigators were struggling to figure out where the body came from and how it got there. Brea police said they had no active missing-person cases.

Brakebill said it’s unclear whether the body is that of a male, female, adult or child.

Brea Canyon Road from Central Avenue to Tonner Canyon Road was closed for the investigation.

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