A man who was found badly burned and naked on the side of a freeway in the city of Industry has died, authorities said Wednesday.
Deputies responded to the scene around 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday after a motorist discovered the man lying on the side of the northbound 605 freeway, just north of the 60 Freeway, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
The unidentified victim was severely burned on his face and all over his body, the release stated.
He was pronounced dead on Wednesday at a local hospital, the Sheriff’s Department stated in an update sent out about 12:30 p.m.
Homicide detectives were taking over the case, according to the update.
Investigators were trying to determine whether an accelerant was used, authorities had said earlier.
The man appeared to have been assaulted prior to having been burned, according to the release.
Investigators believe he crawled from a horse trail underneath the freeway up onto the roadway, where he was eventually discovered.
The investigation prompted the California Highway Patrol to issue a SigAlert around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. It remained in effect until 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, when it was canceled, according to a tweet from the CHP.
Anyone with information about this incident was asked to contact the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department’s Arson Explosive Detail at 323-881-7500.
Anonymous tips can also be left by calling Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477, texting “TIPLA” plus a tip to 274637, or through the website lacrimestoppers.org.
KTLA’s Sara Welch contributed to this report.