Homicide detectives are investigating the discovery of a body in Angeles National Forest, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
The body was found late Wednesday afternoon along San Francisquito Canyon Road, about five miles south of Spunky Canyon Road (map), sheriff’s officials said. The area is northeast of Castaic Lake State Recreation Area.
The sheriff's Santa Clarita Valley Station received at call at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday after Los Angeles Department of Water and Power employees working on the site noticed a foul odor, according to a sheriff's department press release.
The odor was coming from a tarp 20 feet from the roadway.
Responding deputies "saw human legs were protruding from the tarp" and notified Homicide Bureau detectives, who took over what became a suspicious death investigation.
The county Department of Coroner will determine the body's age, gender and cause of death, the sheriff's department said.