Homicide probe launched after body found in SUV
The decomposing body of a man found in an SUV parked in the Fairfax District near West Hollywood had probably been in the vehicle for several days, coroner's officials said.
An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death, but the incident is being investigated as a homicide, said Dana Bee of the L.A. County coroner's office.
Los Angeles police received reports Saturday of a foul odor coming from a vehicle parked near Willoughby and North Genesee avenues, said Sgt. Frank Preciado of the Los Angeles Police Department.
Officers found decomposing remains in the vehicle. Bee said the body was intact but "badly decomposed."
Neighbors told KTLA that the black Cadillac Escalade had been parked in the same spot since Thursday.
Bee said it was "hard to speculate" how long the body had been in the SUV. Hot temperatures in a car can accelerate the decomposition process, he explained, but said it was likely that it had been in the car for several days.
— Kate Mather