Neighbors reported the car after it was parked on the street for days near the 110 Freeway. The body and the car were towed away for further investigation. Michelle Valles reports from Harbor Gateway for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Jan. 18, 2013.
A body was discovered Friday morning in the trunk of a vehicle that neighbors said had been parked for days on a street in South Los Angeles.
The vehicle was parked in the 500 block of 146th Street (map), just east of the 110 Freeway near Gardena. Police responded to the location after a dog-walker discovered the body in the trunk of a late-model Nissan sedan at about 9:15 a.m.
Details regarding a cause of death were not immediately available. The Los Angeles Police Department Criminal Gang Homicide Division is handling the case.
The car was parked at the location for at least five days, neighbors told NBC4. A neighbor said his dog began barking when they walked by the vehicle.
"The trunk was open a little bit, and he went over there to see," another neighbor, Judy Blanco, told NBC4. "He opened it up, and there was the body."
The body appears to be that of a male, police said.
Gilbert Rodriquez, who is part of a neighborhood watch program, was the one who made the discovery and called 911.
He says the body was wrapped up.
"We have a lot of cars that come and park here do their drugs and have sex,” Rodriguez said. “You know, we are tired of that. I'm tired of that”
The vehicle is registered to a rental company.
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