The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is trying to identify a man’s body that was found May 16 in a drainage ditch at the 1600 block of Las Virgenes Canyon Road south of Calabasas.
A call came into the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station just before noon. The man was found unresponsive and wearing only his underwear. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
“Deputies responded out there and located a body in the ditch, where (a) passerby had reported it,” Lieutenant Scott Hogland of the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau said.
It is not known if the death occurred at the location or how long it had had been there–or if the body was moved there from somewhere else, Hogland said.
Investigators were on the scene until late in the evening gathering evidence. The investigation is ongoing and the victim’s identity and exact cause of death will be determined by the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner at a later date.
Two girls ages 14 and 11 said they were leaving Oak Park’s Deerhill Park at around 8:45 p.m. on May 20 when they observed a black sedan pull into the parking lot nearby.
The vehicle was similar to one of a family member and the girls believed someone may have arrived to pick them up. As they walked toward the car, they discovered the person in the car was not a family member and they began to walk off.
A man in his 20s exited the vehicle and attempted to talk to the girls, who continued to walk away, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department said.
The man began to walk behind the girls and requested to speak to them. They ran into a residential neighborhood and the man returned to his vehicle and drove in the direction they were walking.
The girls notified a family member, who reported the incident to the sheriff’s department.
The suspect was described as a white male wearing dark clothing with short dark hair and driving a black sedan. Anyone with further information should contact Detective Meagan Yates at (805) 371-8387.