LANCASTER – Homicides detectives are investigating the death of a man found Friday morning near 110th Street West and the Aqueduct in the Lancaster area.
The call came into the Lancaster Station around 9:15 a.m., according to Lancaster Station deputy Miguel T. Ruiz. The body was found in a brush area in the mountains near the Aqueduct, said deputies at the scene.
Los Angeles County Coroner officials said the body is that of a Caucasian man is his 30s, but had no further identifying information Friday afternoon.
Detectives are still investigating the circumstances that may have led to the man’s death, and will not be releasing further details until a preliminary investigation is completed, officials said.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
UPDATED 12/8/12 at 10 a.m.
The body has been officially identified as 23-year-old Steven Level of Lancaster, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Officer. No other details regarding the incident were being released Saturday morning (Dec. 8), officials said.
Level had gone missing recently, and family members and loved ones had planned a search party for him to take place today (Dec. 8).
This message, along with a recent picture of Level was circulating around facebook this week.
“To all my friends with dirt bikes and off-road vehicles, a family friend of mine, Stevel Level is missing. Last seen Sunday at Ave J and 110th West. Family is conducting a search party at this location Saturday [Dec. 8] at 8 am. If you can help, please contact …,” reads the facebook message.
When The AV Times posted this story on facebook Friday (Dec. 7), some of Level’s friends said they had talked to his family and found out that the body was Steven Level. Many began expressing their grief.
“RIP Steven, my best friend and brother, forever in my heart, I’ll love you always!!” reads one post.
“He was always the first person to help me w[ith] my car. Always asking me how I am.. He was always smilin[g] and so full of life,” reads another post.
The Coroner’s Office is still investigating and will have more information on Level’s cause of death, once an autopsy is completed, officials said.