PALMDALE – The man found dead in the middle of a Palmdale street early Sunday morning has been identified as 31-year-old Raul Machado of Van Nuys, authorities said Thursday.
Machado died of “cranial cerebral trauma” and “multiple sharp force injuries,” said Lt. David Smith of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.
Machado’s death has been ruled a homicide, Smith said, adding that he could not elaborate beyond what was listed on the death certificate.
Around 4:30 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 16, Machado was found bleeding and motionless in the middle of the street at the intersection of 57th Street East and East Avenue S in Palmdale, homicide detectives said.
The call came in from a passing motorist, and Machado was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Lt. Dave Coleman of the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau.
Detectives are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the homicide, Coleman said Thursday.
“We really don’t have anything more than what we had on Sunday,” Coleman said. “Now that we know who he is, we’re contacting his friends, family, and associates, trying to figure out what took him there, who he may have been with, and what happened.”
Anyone with information on this incident is urged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.
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