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Decomposing Body in Car Was Human

LA County Cororner's office confirms that the body found in a SUV parked for several days on Willoughby Avenue at Genesee Avenue on Saturday morning was human.

Coroner's investigators today confirmed that a foul-smelling parked Escalade found in the Fairfax District contained a man's decomposed body.

The bloated corpse was nearly unrecognizable as human remains, witnesses said. It was found in the rear seat of a Cadillac Escalade, said Coroner's Investigator Dana Bee.

A cause of death has yet to be established, Bee said. "The case is a homicide, so I can't give you any more," he said.

A stench coming from the car, parked near Willoughby and Genesee avenues, prompted someone to call police about 10 a.m. Saturday, according to Los Angeles police.

"Residents in the area noticed the vehicle had been in the same spot for the last few days," Officer Gregory Baek of the Los Angeles Police Department said. "The case is being investigated as a suspicious death at this time."

Authorities did not say to whom the vehicle was registered. It was found next to the city limit between Los Angeles and West Hollywood, two blocks northeast of Fairfax High School.

Police urged anyone with information regarding the case to contact West Bureau homicide detectives at (213) 382-9470 or 1-877-LAPD-24-7.


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