(KTLA/CNN)– A body discovered inside a column of a California supermarket might be the remains of a male who was getting away from authorities.
Police said it’s possible the body comes from a man who faced the shop on Monday– running away from deputies after he was presumed of taking an automobile.
A strong odor led police to the body, which was stuffed inside a stone pillar situated just outside the WinCo Foods supermarket in Lancaster.
Deputies were contacted us to the scene at 2:40 p.m Saturday. Earlier, in the early morning, a supervisor at the supermarket could smell the odor originating from the pillar, according to Constable’s Department Lt. John Corina.
Corina stated the manager called a plumbing technician, believing there was some sort of sewage issue there. When the plumbing technician showed up and began to knock away the pillar’s stone, a leg and athletic shoe were visible, he stated.
Upon investigating the finding, authorities linked it to the carjacking incident earlier in the week.
On Monday, Corina said, a man was pulled over by deputies after he was believed of driving a taken vehicle. He faced the supermarket and went onto the roof as he fled from deputies.
They never got ahold of him, and according to Corina, the rooftop has access to the inside of the stone pillars where the body was found. It’s possible the man fell or climbed into the pillar to conceal from police.
However with the current heat wave and the density of the stone pillar, it’s possible the man then became trapped and unable to breathe, Corina stated, explaining it as a “awful method to die.”
“It’s uncommon. I have actually never seen anything like this in the past– someone inside a column,” Corina stated. “Someone attempts to conceal from the cops and they cannot get out and wind up dying in there.
“That’s what it looks like anyway,” he said.
Authorities needed to wait until the night for the coroner to show up. At that point, officials began to work to burst the pillar so the body might be gotten rid of and determined.
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