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Body found in Irwindale storage facility is identified [update]

September 4, 2010 | 11:29 am

The Los Angeles County coroner's office on Saturday identified the body of a man who was discovered in an Irwindale storage unit on Friday.

The body of Miguel Leyson Pedraza, 62, was discovered shortly after a driver rammed the gate of the storage facility in the 4300 block of Irwindale Avenue to force his way out, according to a statement from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

[update 2:28 p.m.: Authorities have arrested the driver of the car. Jonathan Pedraza, 24, the son of the victim, has been booked on suspicion of murder.]

The driver had been unable to leave because he did not have a security code to open the gate, and the facility staff refused to open it for him, authorities said. Witnesses wrote down the license plate and a description of the car.

Irwindale police responded around 4 p.m. to the facility, and while investigating they received a call from Baldwin Park police. Officers there had detained the driver of the car involved in the earlier confrontation after the car was involved in a traffic accident in that city.

Irwindale police were able to connect the car to a particular storage unit, where they found the body of the man. Authorities have not released the name of the driver.

-- Ruben Vives