Man’s Body Found in Suitcase Dumped in Verdugo Wash in Glendale

A man’s body was found inside a suitcase in a concrete-lined flood-control channel in Glendale on Monday, police said.

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Police responded to a body found in a suitcase in the Verdugo Wash in Glendale on March 31, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

The suitcase was found about 9 a.m. by a maintenance worker cleaning out debris from the Verdugo Wash in advance of the coming rain.

Police were called to the scene after the suitcase was discovered, and a dead body was found inside.

The suitcase was dumped in an area of the wash — near the Glorietta Avenue bridge (map) — that is not accessible to the public.

“It looks like someone picked this particular bridge to drive through, probably late last night, and dump a suitcase,” said Sgt. Tom Lorenz of the Glendale Police Department.

No obvious stab wounds or gunshot wounds were found on the body, which was of unknown age, Lorenz said.

“Obviously, foul play in this case is suspected,” Lorenz said. “A body in a suitcase is not something that’s common.”

It’s only the second homicide in 4 1/2 years for Glendale, Lorenz said, adding that there was no danger to the local community.

The area is next to Glorietta Park and was described as a quiet by a neighbor.

KTLA’s Kimberly Cheng contributed to this article.

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A view of the Verdugo Wash south from the Glorietta Avenue bridge, near where the body was found. (Credit: KTLA)


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