Dead body found in suitcase in Glendale

Glendale Police and the Los Angeles County Coroner investigate at the scene where the body of a man was found near Glorietta Park in a suitcase that had been dumped in the wash that runs through the park, under the Glorietta Avenue Bridge in Glendale. (Tim Berger / Glendale News Press / March 31, 2014)

The body of a man was found Monday in a suitcase that was dumped in a wash near Glorietta Park, police said.

The suitcase was discovered about 9 a.m. by a Los Angeles County Public Works employee who was cleaning the wash in the 2800 block of North Verdugo Road in preparation for an expected storm over the next few days, Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said.

The employee called police after noticing plastic was protruding from the suitcase.

PHOTOS: Body found in suitcase near Glorietta Park 

Detectives arrived to the scene and immediately notified the Los Angeles County Coroner.

The body, which was clothed, appears to be intact.

 "We don't know how long it's been there," Lorenz said.

Lorenz said no one has been reported missing in Glendale. But the suitcase was likely dumped into the wash at night.

The suitcase appears to be dumped just below a bridge above the wash.

Detectives planned to start interviewing neighbors in the area to see if they saw anything, Lorenz said.

[Update, 4:05 p.m.: Zoila Einem has lived in the neighborhood for 41 years and described it was quiet and nice.

"I was surprised because every morning I walk my dog and I was like, 'what's going on here?'" she said.

Some other neighbors near the scene said it appeared the body was in a duffel bag.]

Anyone with information about the body or the suitcase is asked to call the Police Department at (818) 548-3987 or Glendale Crimestoppers at (818) 507-7867.

-- Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com

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