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UPDATE: Man found in Canyon Country died of natural causes

Investigators say man had girlfriend in neighborhood

Posted: September 24, 2012 11:18 a.m.
Updated: September 24, 2012 6:37 p.m.

A man found dead in a car in Canyon Country on Sunday afternoon is believed to have been the boyfriend of a woman living in the area, officials said Monday.

The man is believed to have died of natural causes.

Shortly before 5 p.m. Sunday, a person walking on Lost Springs Road discovered the body, said Lt. Fred Corral of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Department.

“A passerby detected a foul odor coming from the car,” Corral said. “The body was severely decomposed.
“Right now, he’s John Doe No. 200.”

Coroner’s investigators are still trying to determine the victim’s identity, Corral said. For now, he’s considered to have died of natural causes.

No age was provided. The man was identified only as an adult male Caucasian.

Although his identity still has to be confirmed, deputies at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station say the man was a transient who had a girlfriend who lives near Lost Springs Road.

“He was living out of his car,” said Lt. Tom Bryski. “He had a girlfriend in the area.

“The girlfriend showed up when we were there and helped ID him based on the car,” he said.

Deputies responding to the call found a gray Toyota Camry parked on the east side of Lost Springs Road between Blackbush Drive and Silverstream Drive.

The car was parked on a slight incline by the curb along a stretch of Lost Springs Road without street-facing houses.

Deputies roped off the street between Blackbush and Silverstream and called in detectives with the Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau.

Residents of the quiet tree-lined street are still waiting for someone to explain how a man could die in a car parked on their street and go unnoticed for at least a week.

About 11:30 p.m. Sunday, officials moved the body from the backseat of the car, said a woman who lives across the street from the parked car.

Two hours later, a tow truck removed the car from the street, she said.

“It just makes me so sad,” said the woman, who asked her name not be published. “The car had been there for about a week,” she said, noting temperatures averaged in the 90s each day throughout the week.

“My husband and I were talking, saying, ‘Who does that car belong to?’

“It’s just awful to think of it being there all that time,” she said. “He must have family who must be missing him.”
Brian Carrasco, who lives in a corner house near where they car was parked, said he saw no movement related to the car.

“It was there for a few days,” he said.






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