San Bernardino police looking into body found under woodpile
San Bernardino police on Wednesday were continuing to investigate the death of a man found underneath a backyard woodpile.
Officers were called to a rental property in the 200 block of East 11th Street about 9 a.m. on Tuesday after the property owner noticed a "strong foul odor" coming from the woodpile, said Lt. Paul Williams of the San Bernardino Police Department.
Police saw what appeared to be a body in a large hole dug underneath the pile, Williams said.
The man was later identified as 21-year-old Angel Cortez. Williams declined to say how Cortez was connected to the property, citing the ongoing investigation.
For now, the case is being treated as a death investigation, not a homicide, Williams said. That could change, he said, pending additional information from the coroner's office regarding the decomposition of the body and cause of death.
— Kate Mather
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