PALMDALE – A homicide investigation is underway in Palmdale after a man was found dead in the middle of the street early Sunday morning, authorities said.
Around 4:30 a.m., deputies responded to the intersection of 57th Street East and Avenue S in Palmdale, according to Lt. Dave Coleman of the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau.
“A motorist found the body lying in the street, and we’re trying to determine what happened,” Coleman said.
The victim, a 31-year-old Hispanic male, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office. His name has not yet been released pending next of kin notification, coroner’s officials said Sunday afternoon.
“There is some evidence of trauma, but not indicative of a traffic accident, so we believe that he probably suffered some type of other injuries,” Coleman said.
Coleman would not disclose further details on the victim’s injuries, saying an autopsy would determine the man’s cause of death.
“There was trauma and there was bleeding, and that’s all I can say for right now,” Coleman said. No further details were immediately available Sunday afternoon.
Anyone with information on this incident is urged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.
UPDATED 2/16/14 @ 7:30 pm: The victim suffered from “blunt trauma,” according to an updated press release from the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau. The victim has been identified, but his name will not be released until his family has been properly notified.